AIKEN, S.C. – Construction is becoming a pain for residents in one Aiken neighborhood. The homeowners on Osbon Drive say that their neighborhood is usually quiet, but that has changed now that dump trucks are traveling down their street.
Not only are these people dealing with the construction, but close by is the Lower Savannah Pre-Release Center and the Doris C. Gravat Detention Center and all this combined has a lot of people unhappy.
Bruce Meyers has lived on Obson Drive for more than 35 years. Usually, the only vehicles he sees on his street are his neighbor’s, but that’s no longer the case.
“We have had a lot of county trucks going up and down Osbon Drive that leads into Crosland Park and I think the city is doing some work in Crosland Park,” said Meyers.
Meyers says the trucks are cutting through his neighborhood to avoid traffic on city roads.
“This is a little light duty surface road that is not set up for truck traffic and if you get through, the whole road is just cracking up. Those trucks are destroying the road,” Meyers told News Channel 6.
Just a mile away, is what Meyers says is his neighborhood’s biggest problem, the city jail.
“They arrest them and haul them there and they should take them to a bus station or some central location other than just put them have they have to walk up that busy road with no sidewalks,” Meyers said.
Meyers says he is worried about the kind of people that are walking down his street.
“We’ve had some issues, but everybody is pretty close and we have pretty good crime watch. If we see something going on we call one another. The sheriff’s department advised us if we see something strange to call us,” Meyers told News Channel 6.
He also has concerns about the children who play in the neighborhood.
“if you run over about 30 miles per hour you know it’s dangerous for people pulling out of their driveways or people walking in the streets.”
Other neighbors have reached out to city officials with their concerns and once nearby construction is finished, Meyers is hoping his street will be re-paved.