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Carter road agreement reached after negotiations

News Editor

The weight limit recently placed on Carter Road, south of Brundidge, will soon be a thing of the past thanks to an agreement reached Tuesday between all parties concerned.

"The agreement reached in Tuesday’s meeting was a show of good faith by all parties concerned," said Pike County Attorney Allen Jones, who took part in the meeting.

The five-ton gross weight limit, which was placed on the road by the Pike County Commission on Jan. 21, will be taken off after residents who live on the road reached an agreement with a representative of Wiregrass Construction Company and the owner of a sand and gravel pit, located at the end of the road, from which the company gets materials for mixing asphalt.

The weight restriction was placed on the road at the request of Commissioner Ray Goodson on behalf of residents who live on the road, who complained of dust and poor road conditions which were a result of the trucks that travel the road back and forth to the pit. The residents were also complaining about the fast speeds the trucks drive on the unpaved county road.

Attending Tuesday’s meeting along with Jones were two residents from the road, County Engineer Herb Huner, Commissioner Goodson, who represents the district the road is in, and John Harper who represented Wiregrass Construction Company. Owner of the pit, Ravon Graham was not present at the meeting, but had attended an earlier meeting on the same issue.

Jones said there will be a signed agreement between all parties involved in the dispute, which will not become official until they all agree to the terms.

Some of those terms include an agreement by Wiregrass Construction to enforce a 20 mile-per-hour speed limit. Wiregrass Construction and Graham have also agreed to help maintain the road by providing milling (chipped up asphalt removed from roadways) and dirt, at no cost to the county, while the pit is in use.

According to Jones, Wiregrass Construction has also agreed to work with the residents on the road concerning the amount of truck traffic and times when the number of trucks will be limited on the road.

"All parties concerned here have agreed to communicate on many of the points brought up during the meetings," said Jones.