• The headwaters of the Chattooga River form in Cashiers in and around wetland areas of the Village Green park. They then flow south over the top of Frank Allen Road and into manmade Cashiers Lake, which is actually a dammed-up portion of the river. The overflow from the Village Green over the road grows to several feet deep during periods of heavy rain, such as during this scene from a rainstorm last month. (Photos by Don Richeson.)
    The headwaters of the Chattooga River form in Cashiers in and around wetland areas of the Village Green park. They then flow south over the top of Frank Allen Road and into manmade Cashiers Lake, which is actually a dammed-up portion of the river. The overflow from the Village Green over the road grows to several feet deep during periods of heavy rain, such as during this scene from a rainstorm last month. (Photos by Don Richeson.)

Time for community to demand officials fix Frank Allen Road

Letter to the Editor

Editor: 

It is time for community leaders to demand that the county and the NCDOT fix Frank Allen Road. With the increased rains we’ve had this year, the road is constantly under water.

Winter weather brings an additional safety hazard as tire treads carry water and wet the road all the way to the curve going into Cashiers Post Office. This water freezes and becomes “black ice.”  I know there have been several occasions when I can feel my tires skidding on the ice in the morning.

The volume of traffic that uses Frank Allen Road is increasing.  We have the bank, real estate and restaurant businesses, Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center, Cashiers Post Office, Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau, and the new construction around the Village Commons. Frank Allen Road is a major thoroughfare that’s only going to see increased volume in the future.

Any farmer or private landowner would have solved the road problem by grading, raising and putting a culvert under the road at the low spot where the water flows over the road now. By leveling the road from the bank to the Village Commons, we would eliminate the water hazard that currently exists. It won’t eliminate the flooding and it won’t cure the drainage problems with Cashiers Lake but it would improve road conditions for the community and eliminate an eyesore and hazard.

Bill Duncan

Lake Glenville

 

The above is just a sample of the hyper-focused on southern Jackson County area coverage you'll find every week, ONLY in the Crossroads Chronicle! For the savings and convenience of home delivery, sign up by calling Savannah at 828-743-5101, ext. 201.

Crossroads Chronicle

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1040
94 U.S. Highway 64 West, Suite 1 (Shoppes on the Green)
Cashiers, NC 28717
Phone: 828-743-5101
Fax: 828-743-4173