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Flat Rock residents voice concerns about road widening proposal

David Uchiyama with NCDOT{ } says since a public meeting in October 2017, the DOT has met again with their design firm to come up with some new ideas which will soon be presented to Flat Rock residents. (Photo Credit: WLOS Staff).{ }

A number of residents in Flat Rock voiced their concerns about a proposed road widening project Thursday morning at the village council meeting.

The proposed project would impact Highland Lake Road from the intersections of Greenville Highway and Spartanburg Highway. Widening travel lanes and shoulders and making changes for pedestrians and cyclists is the purpose, according to DOT.

Department of Transportation officials say the proposed Highland Lake Road widening project is still in the design and development stage.

"Lots of things need to happen before the first shovel hits the ground," says David Uchiyama, communications officer for NCDOT.

Uchiyama says since a public meeting in October 2017, the DOT has met again with their design firm to come up with some new ideas which will soon be presented to Flat Rock residents.

"We will certainly make them available to the public once we have a better idea and narrow down the focus of what specifically NCDOT is going to do, and what the people of Flat Rock and what the elected officials of Flat Rock want."

Stephanie Dunn is a concerned Flat Rock resident who opposes any changes to Highland Lake Road.

"I didn't realize the enormity of this project, that it's changing the very landscape of why I moved to Flat Rock. It's a village, we're not a city, we don't want to be a city," says Dunn.

During the meeting, councilman Dockendorf reported that a revised project plan is expected to come from the Department of Transportation in April.

Opponents have also placed signs along Highland Lake Road to show their disapproval, created a petition, and a Facebook page to raise awareness.

News 13 will continue to follow this story as plans develop.

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