PILOT MOUNTAIN — Depot Street, in the heart of Pilot Mountain, has been closed due to a sink hole for over two years. A lack of funding and the town’s financial situation have prevented the necessary repairs from occurring.
The economic impact of the closure has become a state concern. “It is not a good signal to potential businesses if you have a street closed, so we want to get that opened back up,” said Senator Shirley Randleman.
Randleman has worked in conjunction with the Department of Transportation and Town Manager Amanda Reid to secure the $95,000 needed for the repairs. The full amount was requested from DOT discretionary funds, and a commitment of half has been approved by the Senate.
Information including a cost assessment and resolution were shared with Representative Sarah Stevens in order to present to the Speaker of the House. “I have reached out to Rep. Stevens to attempt to secure the other half from the House side,” Randleman explained.
According to Stevens, the $42,500 commitment is contingent upon the House approving the remainder. Receiving notice of the needed funding on August 26, Stevens commented, “I believe I can get approval for this, and hope to have a confirmation by the end of next week.”
Still uncertain of the final response from the House, Randleman said, “I’m not giving up on this until I get the full funding secured.”
“We appreciate the actions of Sen. Randleman and Rep. Stevens on our behalf. The repairs will certainly benefit the community,” said Reid.
When funding is approved, the next step will be determined by Mike Pettyjohn, Division 11 Engineer for the NCDOT.
Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilotReporter.