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Developers to pay for road upgrade

September 13, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Developers of the Locust Hill subdivision will put a new surface on deteriorating Oakmont Road following citizen complaints about the condition of the road, a county official said last week.

Developers of the subdivision told the Jefferson County Commission last week they will put down a 31/2-inch temporary pavement on the road to improve travel on the street.

The new road base will take about 60 days to put down, the developers said.

A 7,000-foot section of Oakmont Road has been deteriorating because of a large amount of housing construction in the subdivision, county officials said.

Developers of Locust Hill put down about a $130,000 bond to insure Oakmont Road would be built to county regulations within a specific amount of time, said Paul Raco, director of planning, zoning and engineering for the county.

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The bonding agreement was set to expire.

Rather than taking the $130,000 and paying for construction of the road themselves, the commissioners agreed to allow the developer to come up with a proposal to build a temporary road, Raco said.

A temporary road is being considered because development in Locust Hills is expected to continue for several more years, and the heavy construction equipment traffic associated with the growth will cause wear on Oakmont Road, Raco said.

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