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Private Road Cover-Up In Wellford

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Roads maintained by Spartanburg County can be easy to spot.  The green road signs have a distinctive marking on the left corner, usually a small bird.   But in some cases, 7 On Your Side discovered those marking are misleading and some private roads have been improperly marked.

Russell Road near Wellford has five houses.  Most are owned by members of an extended family of disabled veterans.  In one, a navy vet is battling brain tumors.  In another, a wheelchair bound marine and his wife.

Russell Road is a muddy mess and that marine, Steve Trump, says he can't leave his driveway.

"We haven't been down the road in a year in a half," Trump said.

For years, county tax dollars helped repair this gravel covered road.  Then, after the family built new homes, added new driveways, something changed.

"We moved here in 1972 and for years they came out they scraped it they put gravel down. They told us we were next on the list to have it paved. I don't know what happened but they let it go," Trump said.

What happened next is a literal cover-up.

After Trump noticed that bird marking on his street sign, he called to county to ask why his street wasn't maintained.  The county sent someone to Wellford to cover that portion of the sign with green tape.

"They said, no you don't have a bird on your sign. That's because you put tape over it," he said.

The public works director now says Russell Road should never have gotten any public money.  He says it was always a private road and was mis-identified on the sign.
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