Construction causes road damage, confusion

By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Construction traffic from a development in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Mint Hill is damaging roads and unnerving residents of a neighboring subdivision, routing through their streets to prevent damage to their own roads.

The development, located on Hough Road, across from Arlington Baptist Church, first began construction around 2008, when they caused the same problem. Construction traffic has recently started again, further damaging Meadow Hollow Road, the road used to reach the development from the rear of the property.

Vincent Ammirato, a resident of the neighborhood and street is working to get to the bottom of the issue and find out why construction traffic is using his neighborhood to access the new development, causing  damage to Meadow Hollow Road, while avoiding roads within the development itself.

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Mint Hill Police awarded Top Five in public safety

For the first time, Mint Hill Police Department was awarded the Top Five Communities award for the 2012 North Carolina Traffic Safety Communities awarded by AAA.

AAA uses crash ratings from data compiled by the University of North Carolina Charlotte on traffic accidents in North Carolina communities, as well as number of law enforcement officers per capita, and presence of a formal traffic safety program to select the winners.

Mint Hill Police Department has just completed the third year of its traffic safety program, which teaches DWI courses to driver’s education students, hosts child safety seat checking stations, and other traffic safety programs.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program provided a grant to start the traffic safety program, and the Police Department usually participates with other county agencies when hosting seat-checking stations and other traffic safety events.

Officer Scott Blevins represented the Mint Hill Police Department at the North Carolina Traffic Safe Community Awards Luncheon in Durham October 18, to receive the award.

AAA awards the top five communities in three categories, based on population: less than 10,000, 10,000 to 30,000, and more than 30,000.

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