Problems persist on Reddington; town working on fixes

By: By Natalie Davis - Staff Writer

Wadesboro leaders are aware of the challenges on Reddington Street and will work as prudently as possible to address the residents’ concerns, according to Town Manager David Edwards.

The Rev. Charles Ford Sr. said he has been persistent in making sure that the dangers of Reddington Street are made known.

“At one point (on the street), it is only wide enough for one car, with over a 50-foot drop,” Ford said.

He added that each year, the grass grows almost over the road, and that kids walk the road to get to the store, saying snakes crossing could also pose a danger.

“Other parts of Wadesboro are being cut over and over,” Ford said. He also questions why the dangers aren’t being taken care of.

“The vegetation concern has been brought to the attention of the town, and the growth encroaching the street was recently (mowed) by town staff,” Edwards stated. “There is one particular mower that is currently being repaired, that will further knock back the growth, and this street is a top priority as soon as the repair is complete.”

Edwards said there are really two separate concerns listed: one fairly simple and one much more complicated.

The street itself is on a normal rotation that the town uses during the heavier growing months, he said.Further complicating the situation is that the species of vegetation in that area grows faster than that on other streets.

As for the vegetation, Edwards said there is no permanent fix.

“Unfortunately, its presence ensures that erosion is mitigated on the slope next to the street,” he said, “so killing the vegetation will cause other issues.

Edwards said that the town will continue to monitor the conditions and address these safety concerns appropriately.

“The other, more complicated issue, involves a section of street that is obstructed by a retaining wall, causing the street width to be reduced to one lane,” Edwards said. “This wall is on private property, so the solution to simply remove it becomes one that requires a higher level of coordination.”

But, he added, it is a project the town “desires to accomplish.”

Edwards said that the town will continue to monitor the conditions and address these safety concerns appropriately.

Reach Natalie Davis at 704-994-5471 or ndavis@ansonrecord.com.

By Natalie Davis

Staff Writer