Below is the text of the resolution passed by the Flat Rock Village Council requesting that the N.C. Board of Transportation abandon the N. Highland Lake Road project. WHEREAS, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has undertaken the planning process for the “North Highland Lake Road” project (NCDOT Project No. U-5887); and WHEREAS, the project does not upgrade how... Continue Reading →
We have updated our Who to Contact page in light of the recent elections and the proposed resolution by the City of Hendersonville, so take a look!
Draft text of the proposed resolution from the City of Hendersonville, to be discussed at the January 9 city council meeting (5:45 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 160 Sixth Avenue, East) and to be signed by Mayor Barbara Volk (public comments are allowed at the start of the meeting): A Resolution in Support... Continue Reading →
Ingles, CVS, and Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital are the only properties inside the City of Hendersonville on N. Highland Lake Road. The vast majority of the road is in the village. Flat Rock should have final say on what is done inside the village limits, not the City of Hendersonville. From the Times-News: ".... Continue Reading →
Construction work that would require lane closures along major highways will be suspended by the N.C. Department of Transportation through Thursday, Jan. 2 to accommodate travelers for Christmas and New Year’s Day. There will be some locations where the type of project or construction conditions make it unsafe to open all lanes on interstates, U.S.... Continue Reading →
Just got word that the Greenville Highway roundabout detour has been removed! Just a reminder that there will still be work in the area of Shepherd and Erkwood on Greenville Highway until at least June 2020, so please be careful driving in the area.
Update on roundabout detour: NCDOT is looking at having NC 225 (Greenville Highway) opened back up and the detour removed by next Friday, December 20, weather permitting.
Carrying out what they called the will of the voters in the Nov. 5 election, four members of the Flat Rock Village Council pushed through a resolution on Thursday requesting that the NCDOT kill the Highland Lake Road project. The vote became the first order of business after Nick Weedman was sworn in as mayor... Continue Reading →
At today's Flat Rock village council meeting, the mayor and three new council members were sworn in and took their seats. The council then voted 4-3 to request that the NC Board of Transportation cancel the N. Highland Lake Road project (NCDOT project no. U-5887). This request must now go before the French Broad River... Continue Reading →
Clarification: This article is only talking about the end of the detour. The complete roundabout project is not scheduled to be finished until June 2020. From today’s Times-News: “The N.C. Department of Transportation is eyeing the second week of December for an opening date, according to NCDOT spokesperson David Uchiyama. The $3.5-million project, which began... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
From the Associated Press: RALEIGH — The North Carolina legislature has agreed how to help the Department of Transportation overcome a recent cash crunch that’s already resulted in layoffs of temporary workers and paused construction. The House and Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for a bailout package that includes $100 million toward past and future... Continue Reading →
From the Hendersonville Lightning online: . . . [Council member Ginger] Brown lost her re-election bid last week to Anne Coletta, a former council member who led a three-candidate slate that rode an anti-road widening movement to victory. Along with Mayor-elect Nick Weedman, who cast the lone vote against the road project last year, the... Continue Reading →
From the Hendersonville Lightning online: . . . The Board of Commissioners will hear a report next week from a team of three planning and engineering firms on possible next steps for northern and southern extensions of the Oklawaha Greenway. The 3.5-mile greenway, which currently runs from Jackson to Park to Berkeley Mills Park, could... Continue Reading →
From the Sunday Times-News letters to the editor (note that this letter was sent in before last week's council election): ‘Slash and burn’ To the editor: Driving along North Highland Lake Road, past The Park, I realized that soon I may no longer see a mature canopy of trees here. The willows and oaks nearing... Continue Reading →
From today's Times-News: The North Highland Lake Road widening project in Flat Rock could go the way of the defunct Balfour Parkway following the election of a new majority on the Village Council opposed to the project. Newly elected Mayor Nick Weedman has a difficult task right out of the gate: bringing together the three... Continue Reading →
Voters in the Village of Flat Rock spoke loudly and clearly that they want the state to undo a controversial plan to widen North Highland Lake Road. Now it’s up to the state to listen. It was the first race in the village’s history in which every council seat that was up for election was... Continue Reading →
From this week's Hendersonville Lightning: . . . Using an unprecedented war chest for a Flat Rock election and issuing a yard sign warning that “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone,” [Anne] Coletta, Tom Carpenter and David Dethero easily won the three Village Council seats on the ballot over incumbent Ginger Brown,... Continue Reading →