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Holly Springs Points to Road Damage as New Reason to Block Landfill

Posted March 29, 2007

— The idea of putting a landfill in Holly Springs dates to 1990, and people in Holly Springs have been fighting a losing battle against it since then. Now, they say that what's happening to some of their roads is just one more reason to stop the landfill from coming.

You’ll find cracked pavement, puddles, and piles of what used to be Old Holly Springs-Apex Road. The road runs behind the proposed landfill, and heavy trucks started hauling in dirt for filler about two weeks ago. In the process, they took part of the road with them.

“All of a sudden, it was like, ‘Whoa, what happened?” said one woman navigating the road.

“I don't know what they're doing back here, but they're tearing it up pretty bad,” said Dave Orzelek, who was driving the road.

State Department of Transportation engineers say this road was never built to handle heavy truck traffic, so, it deteriorated very quickly when a number of trucks started coming through here daily.

Crews were out earlier this week grading the roadway, but engineers there's no timetable for a permanent fix.

Mayor Dick Sears is angry.

“Who's gonna pay for it? And you know what—I don't know the answer to that. I don't know the answer to that,” the mayor said.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Sears said. “They're just getting started. What's gonna happen next?”

The new landfill is expected to receive at least 150 trucks a day.

For now, Wake County leaders have closed the back entrance to the proposed site, so trucks can't get in that way. They have to use the NC 55 Bypass, a road built for heavy trucks. Sears argues that solution could lead to traffic problems there, however.


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  • gregh Mar 30, 2007

    This situation on the Old Holly Springs Apex Road has been going on a lot longer than two weeks. It began the second week in December and stopped March 21. During this time we had between 350 and 700 loads per day from 7am till 5pm. What most people do not know is that this road is a school bus route and that all of these trucks traveled through an elementary school zone. (Apex Elementary) I am not surprised that county officials stopped them from using this route. My question is: What took them so long? GregH

  • Doctor Dataclerk Mar 30, 2007

    Use the frickin gas tax to fix the roads and not for teacher pay raises just so politicians can get re-elected.

  • El Doggo Mar 30, 2007

    Upgrade the roads to handle the heavy trucks! This is a LAME excuse! I have heard many better ones, but this one is lame!

    Yes the roads are in horrible shape! I hate to think they let them get so bad before they said anything just so they could make a LAME excuse! I have had friends (yes I have some) hurt pretty badly on that area of roadway!

  • Grum Steer Mar 30, 2007

    The secondary roads in this part of the county are in disrepair in the first place. Heavy trucks use them daily, even before the landfill. I use Avent Ferry Rd. daily, from Holly Springs to New Hill Holleman / Rex Crossroads. People usually drive on whatever side of that road has the least holes (an achievement in itself) The Speed limit there is 55 mph. The road is very curvy.....You do the math. I know someone out there knows what I'm talking about.

  • Thomas Jefferson Mar 30, 2007

    Upgrade the road to handle heavy traffic.