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Quarry comes to the rescue

Road construction can be a huge annoyance as it delays traffic and makes people late for work. To the residents of Trinity Farms, however, the roar of heavy machinery has been something they’ve been waiting for.
The community, which sits on Amity Lane in Iron Station and consists of roughly 65 homes, had seen a bad situation become worse as the dirt road became a giant, hard-to-traverse, mud hole.
“This was probably one of the worse roads I’ve ever seen,” Brandon Lindsey, a sales representative for Martin Marietta, a local stone quarry, said.
The residents, who are mostly elderly people on fixed incomes, didn’t have the money to fix the road themselves.
An emergency vehicle became stuck on the road recently when a resident had a heart attack. Because of that, local emergency crews had been told not to take their trucks down the road for fear of not being able to get back out.
“The mailman had also quit coming down the road and we had to move the mailboxes to the end of the road,” Snell said.
After the emergency vehicle incident, Snell had contacted the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the county to see if they could help them fix the road. Neither department had the funds to pay for the repairs.
“DOT told us that we could pay them to fix it for us,” Snell said. “But it would cost about $200,000 dollars to get it up to state standards.”
Not being able to pay for such costly repairs, Snell then contacted other organizations for help but was met with the same results. That was when he got the idea to call Martin Marietta.
“We had purchased gravel from them in the past,” Snell said, “We had tried everything else we could think of and thought that maybe they could help us out.”
The residents asked the quarry for three truckloads of gravel to fix the most troublesome spot in the road, which had gotten so muddy, residents were taking large rocks and bricks trying to fill the holes.
When Lindsey, who had talked to Snell on the phone, came out to look at the road, he knew that three truck loads weren’t going to be enough.
“We kind of felt like these were our neighbors,” Lindsey said. “We saw an opportunity to help these people out.”
After talking with his superiors, Lindsey informed Snell that the quarry was going to donate 1,000 tons of gravel — and the equipment and labor — to repair the entire road.
“They went way beyond what we asked,” Snell said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Now that the road is repaired, the residents have decided to start a homeowners association to help maintain the road and eventually fix the small side roads that branch off of Amity Lane.
“We aren’t worried about telling everybody how to keep up their homes,” Snell said. “We just want to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
by Chris Dean

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