Funding for Depot Street repairs close?

By Diane Blakemore - [email protected]

PILOT MOUNTAIN — State Sen. Shirley Randleman, working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Pilot Mountain Town Manager Amanda Reid has secured half of the $95,000 needed to repair a sink hole in Pilot Mountain, with the other half needing House of Representative approval before work can be scheduled.

The sink hole, which appeared more than two years ago, has kept Depot Street closed since that time, with no available money to repair the hole. Now, the issue has apparently 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 Randleman, who requested the full amount of the funding from DOT discretionary funds.

Information including a cost assessment and resolution were shared with Rep. Sarah Stevens of Mount Airy 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.”

“We appreciate the actions of Sen. Randleman and Rep. Stevens on our behalf. The repairs will certainly benefit the community,” said Reid.

If 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.

By Diane Blakemore

[email protected]

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