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NCDOT Clears Brush From Dangerous Intersection

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Ulysses Laxton contacted 7 On Your Side when he was unable to get a response from the NCDOT about overgrown vegetation blocking the view of drivers at Stateline Rd. and Hwy. 221 in Rutherford County. Ulysses Laxton contacted 7 On Your Side when he was unable to get a response from the NCDOT about overgrown vegetation blocking the view of drivers at Stateline Rd. and Hwy. 221 in Rutherford County.

Ulysses Laxton, 83, admits his eyesight is not what it used to be, although he can still spot a potential hazard.

“When we stop where we are supposed to, we can't see. When we pull out where we can see that is when there is problems.”

Laxton is referring to the intersection across from his home on U.S. Highway 221 Alt. and Stateline Road in Rutherford County.

“My son-in-law about got hit there and we about got hit there."

Laxton contacted 7 On Your Side when his requests for help to the North Carolina Department of Transportation went unanswered.

Due to overgrown brush, drivers trying to pull out onto Hwy. 221 from Stateline had to inch their way into the intersection in order to see oncoming traffic.

“Yes, it is very hard to see,” says Dillon Waters who lives on Stateline Rd. “I have almost had a guy pulling in from that road hit me head-on."

7 On Your Side went to the DOT for answers. Officials tell us crews have cleared the area.

In Rutherford County, the DOT mows grass alongside the roads four times a year which is approximately every six to seven weeks.

Brush removal is done once a year on primary highways and every three years on secondary routes.

Crews have recently been out mowing. That job costs about $380,000 annually in Rutherford County alone.

Laxton says it is a small price to pay to ensure driver safety.

If you have a problem area that needs to be addressed, you should contact your local NCDOT office.

In South Carolina, the DOT is only responsible for mowing state-owned roads three to five times per year. Periodic spot mowing is done on an as-needed basis to eliminate sight-distance problems at intersections.

Mowing statewide costs the DOT an estimated $10 million per year. The money come from the gas tax.

You can submit a request for maintenance through the SCDOT website or by calling 855-GO-SCDOT.

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Emily is a general assignment reporter covering Buncombe, Polk, Rutherford and Henderson Counties.
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