A clarification to this letter–the original estimate for the project was $2.62M (not $5M), and the total cost is now $9.57M.
From today’s Times-News letters to the editor:
Taking issue with Highland Lake Road improvement plan
To the Editor: Regarding the awarding of the contract for Highland Lake Road improvements, Flat Rock did not support this massive project but county commissioners voted approval. If I remember correctly, the estimated cost then was around $5 million. The awarded contract is for $6.7 million for 1.1 miles of road! That works out to a cost of $1,153 per foot! Insanity.
There are only two parts of this project I agree with: improve the dangerous entrance/exit into the CVS at Spartanburg Highway and widen both right and left turn lanes from Highland Lake Road onto Greenville Highway. Now I’m not a traffic planner but I cannot fathom that these two problems could not be solved without such exorbitant expense, environmental damage, and disruption of traffic.
Mature trees were removed, despite the protests of the church, near the intersection of Greenville Highway. But, “evergreens will be planted near the intersection.” Will they be over 30 feet tall? I doubt it.
I invite you to go over and take a look. Check out all the stakes with flags indicating where more trees will be taken (from the Park) or land (the outer walking trail will be adjusted). Traffic was seriously disrupted when the power lines were moved; now, everyone who uses the road will be affected by construction for two years. All for 1.1 miles.
Rosemary Hagerott, Hendersonville