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Apex Man's Well Water Stuck in Transportation Planning Limbo

Posted September 4, 2007

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— Road testing for what could be an extension to Interstate 540 has put an Apex man and his family on bottled water.

Carey Hunter said the land his house and family cemetery are on has been in his family since the 1700s. However, that land lies in the path of the proposed route for the interstate.

Hunter said that if and when the roadway comes, he will lose a lot, but his most immediate problem is his water.

In April, the North Carolina Turnpike Authority dug test borings to check the soil's worthiness as a roadbed.

"When I came home from work, the water out of the spigot was like chocolate milk," Hunter said. "So, I went to call them, and nobody wanted to accept blame."

The Turnpike Authority said contractors drilled into Hunter's well with their test borings, clouding the water.

A representative with the North Carolina Turnpike Authority said the agency is working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation's geotechnical office to try to fix Hunter's well. It has provided him with bottled water in the meantime.

"They've been working with me, but it's a very, very slow process – months and months – and there's not an end in sight that I can see," Hunter said.

Hunter said he also is concerned about the Triangle Transit Authority's commuter rail project. That project would place a rail station on his property.

But, like I-540's extension, the commuter rail isn't definite, and that leaves Hunter unsure about the future.

"What if they don't build the road for 10 more years, where will we be? Right here, with water problems," Hunter said. "Are they going to continue to bring us water? What's going to happen?"

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  • Waterrox Sep 5, 2007

    Seems odd that a shallow geotechnical boring (probably less than 50 feet deep) would effect a potable water well that is most likely 500 feet deep.

    Either the problem is completely unrelated, or this guy has a poorly constructed well.

  • NC is my home Sep 5, 2007

    The government, which is supposed to work FOR the public, once again has messed up someone's life. They just didn't consider how what they were doing was going to impact others. Most likely, there is a route that could have saved Mr. Hunter all these headaches of them taking his land anyway. But looking for an easy solution, the TTA, etc. has caused Mr. Hunter unnecessary problems. Most of the folks that are responsible aren't from here, don't appreciate the history of the place and probably won't stay past a few years of the completion of the project, if that long. For what it is worth, Mr. Hunter, my apologizes!

  • wstarhawks Sep 5, 2007

    Once the new section of road is completed on his land he should build a toll booth on what used to be his property and charge motorists.

  • yougottabekidding Sep 4, 2007

    I have mixed feelings. I realize how important history is and the fact that once you pave over a historical landmark, it ceases to exist. On the other hand, on any given day, I may drive 150- 200 miles and never leave the Raleigh/Cary area. There is not a part of the finished section of 540 that I have not used. What a nightmare it must be to have your families land taken from you if you had planned on passing it down to future generations. I guess that's how many of the Indians felt.

  • -info- Sep 4, 2007

    I feel so sorry for the poor guy because just as soon as they fix the drinking water,they'll bust his sewer line......

  • smitty Sep 4, 2007

    Call me kooky, but the TTA was never going to go anywhere near this guy's house. Nice factfinding.

  • irishale Sep 4, 2007

    under the TTA's Objectives: "Implement safety and security systems that require safe work habits and provides safe and secure transit services and facilities free from aggressive, threatening, violent or destructive acts."

    So... destroying someone's well is not a destructive act? I know, it was a contractor, but ultimately, the TTA told them to go drill there, soo....??

    From their stated goals on their web site, they want to discourage the reliance on single-occupancy vehicles... ironic how a 'destructive act' takes place while they're scouting for a highway corridor that goes against one of their goals. Way to go! what a way to win support! And you wonder why you can't get enough people to agree with ya... :)

  • MacsRule Sep 4, 2007

    Dig him another well. What's the problem?

  • tmedlin Sep 4, 2007

    he needs a good attorney to step in handle this for him - elcid, where are ya?

  • geosol Sep 4, 2007

    If the sediment in his well has been a problem for this long of a period of time, the problem is most likely due to poor or improper well construction.

    Hate to see anybody loose property to a road, but people do seem to like to use those roads.

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