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Vince letter: Harrisburg ‘Pike’ can’t handle more traffic

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Impact fees! Development agreements! Rooftop fees! These were the topics highlighted in the Jan. 23 issue of Carolina Gateway. Not one mention of the impact of 500-plus more homes on a road infrastructure that is vastly overwhelmed today.
With only two roads connecting the Carolinas in the northern Indian Land area, Harrisburg “Pike” Road has become the superhighway of Lancaster County. Johnston Road/U.S. 521 is a parking lot daily, and more and more commuters are using Harrisburg Road to get to work. I-77 is just as bad and commuters from Fort Mill and Rock Hill use S.C. 160 and Barberville Road to access Harrisburg.
And this is before 750 new homes for developments already approved start to come online in 2019. Look at Covington and the massive Avondale site next to the new traffic circle and try to imagine the new volume on Harrisburg Road. Now, current planning requests for new developments line Harrisburg Road from the Carolinas’ border to S.C. 160, totaling another 900 homes. The Sugar Creek request alone is over 500 new homes.
Harrisburg Road is not able to handle the current volume, and neither is the infrastructure in North Carolina. In the mornings, it can take 30 minutes to clear the intersection where Barberville Road enters North Carolina. Last week, the traffic on Harrisburg Road reached from the traffic circle in Pineville to a half-mile south of Regent Park. That is over one mile!
If the basic infrastructure of a road is not considered in the planning process, then where is the planning? If these new developments are approved, residents in Indian Land will again be assured that Lancaster County Council views Indian Land as the cash cow for a county that operates 20 miles south of where the issues are.
We will again be assured that the planning commission is again the approval commission.
James Vince
Indian Land