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Granville Residents Voice Traffic Concerns With Plant Expansion

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GRANVILLE COUNTY, N.C. — CertainTeed Manufacturing is expanding in Oxford, adding 55 new jobs for a total workforce of around 300.

The roofing company's expansion is applauded nearly everywhere, except by the plant's next-door neighbors.

Residents along Providence Road already know what living in the path of progress sounds like, because they're dealing with noise from the construction. When construction is finished, residents will be treated to the noise and vibration of hundreds of tractor-trailers a day on a small country road.

The Department of Transportation said it wants to build a main access road from the CertainTeed plant onto Providence Road. That road would be next to Ed Neal's property, which he's owned for 20 years.

"The noise, the vibration, and the fumes will basically make our homes unlivable," said Neal.

"Obviously, CertainTeed is very concerned about the safety and the quality of life for our neighbors over there," said plant manager Mark Heilman.

Heilman said the proposed Providence Road access road is the only connector that will work. However, Providence Road residents have found a sympathetic ear. Granville County commissioners have agreed to ask the DOT to delay the project.

However, a delay seems unlikely. The DOT has already awarded a contract for construction.

Construction on the road is expected to begin in mid-August.


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