Tryon resident’s wish could be granted after 60 years

Published 6:16 pm Wednesday, September 28, 2011

DOT takes first steps toward paving Adam Millis Road
Tryon resident Howard Greene has been waiting for a road near his home to be paved for a long time – six decades, to be exact.
Greene recently told N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) officials that he has been trying to get Adam Millis Road paved for 60 years. Last year, Greene, who is in his 90s, said a DOT representative gave him the impression that it would be paved within the next year and it is still not paved.
“I’d like to see that done where I can ride on it one time,” Greene said.
DOT officials, the Polk County Board of Commissioners and the public met on Sept. 15 to discuss the state’s 2012 secondary road plan.
DOT engineer Joel Setzer said the state is currently working on obtaining rights of way for the road paving. Because of unknown rights-of-way issues, DOT officials did not give a timeframe for when the road could be paved. Setzer asked for Greene’s information so the state can advise him of the progress of the work.
Greene said he has sent numerous petitions to pave Adam Millis Road, an exit route off Hidden Hill Road in Tryon, over the past several decades.
“The dust in the summer covers everyone’s house,” said Greene.
The gravel road can be accessed from Hidden Hill Road and Horseshoe Curve Road off U.S. 176 in Tryon. Hidden Hill Road resident Mike Kayser also spoke at the DOT meeting saying there are not only about 13 families who use the road, but it gives a second entrance for emergencies to the steep hilltop.

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