By Max Hrenda
A representative from a company that plans to reopen a quarry in Stoney Creek told the county that his company would handle all costs involved with widening Judge Ben Allen Road.
Jim McGill, sales manager for Aggregates USA, told the county’s Highway Committee that a wider road would not only make travel easier for his customers, but would make the neighborhood safer, as well.
“We would like the road to be more serviceable for our customers and our neighbors,” McGill said. “We would like to pay for the road improvement. We would like to hire Summers-Taylor, and have them work under the supervision of the highway superintendent.”
Although this work would be of no cost to the county, for some of the residents of Judge Ben Allen Road, the cost would be too dear.
Richard Hodge, who, with his wife, Phyllis, has been vocally opposed to the widening of the road, said he preferred keeping the road narrow because he believed it would be safer.
“We would like a narrow road because it will slow traffic down,” Hodge said. “A truck moving at 20 mph will take a long time to stop when it’s hauling 20 tons of rock or sand. The slower they come through, the less chance they’ll have of hitting a kid.”
Other residents disagreed, however, saying that keeping the road narrow endangers residents and drivers. Jack Buckles, who lives above the quarry entrance, said that the road just isn’t safe, even as it is.