Time for community to demand officials fix Frank Allen Road
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.
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