Roundabout detour update

The detour around the Greenville Highway/Erkwood Drive/Shepherd Street roundabout construction will remain in place at least until the end of the year.

Problems with underground sewer lines have created delays on the roundabout project. While we hope the detour goes away by the new year, the entire project is not scheduled to be completed until June 2020.

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  1. If the State government agency responsible (NCDOT) takes 7+ months to construct a simple “roundabout” on a 2-lane road just think how the Federal government will handle free universal healthcare.

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  2. July 17, 2019 = promised start date for detour.

    October 17, 2019 = promised detour end date #1. (92 days…even though “90 days” was published time frame)

    October 22, 2019 = promised detour end date #2. (97 days)

    November 7, 2019 = promised detour end date #3. (112 days)

    November 14, 2019 = logical detour end date. (120 days…always add 33% to any project of this nature)

    January 7, 2020 = detour end date #4? (173 days)

    End date #4 doesn’t appear to be confirmed by any publicly available/official sources but if accurate it would imply an 81-day whiff vs. original estimates….or 88% longer than promised for those of you keeping score at home. Of note, that’s not the time-frame for a completed project, but rather the purported end of the detour.

    Imagine these same delays if the Highland Lake Road were allowed to proceed!

    The promised time-frame was “18 to 24 months” and projected to start at end-2020 or start-2021. To be fair, assume the middle of the range at 21-months and then layer on an 88% delay — implies 40 months. This would be optimistic because the HLR project is more complex than the Erkwood/Shepherd roundabout….

    ….it’s conceivable the HLR/Greenville HW intersection could be closed for close to 4-years.

    The impact of this on certain long-tenured businesses in Flat Rock would be devastating….

    ….maybe one day they’ll realize what a great favor has been bestowed upon them if the completely unnecessary and ill-advised HLR project is cancelled.

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