York County will be responsible for maintaining 10 more miles of roads, leaving some council members worried the money might prevent roads in their districts from being repaired.
Resurfacing the 10 miles of road -- 30 streets in subdivisions in Fort Mill, York, Lake Wylie and Rock Hill -- will cost more than $1 million.
County Council member Joe Cox, who represents western York County, has repeatedly said that adding new roads will take away from maintaining current county streets.
"I don't think we have enough funding to take care of all the roads," Cox said. "I can't repair all the roads in my district since there's not enough money, and I can't see being able to take care of all the roads in the future."
Cox and Councilman Roy Blake objected to adopting the 30-plus streets, all of which have passed county standards.
Since 2002, the county has adopted more than 86 miles of road, and paving it all is estimated to cost around $8.6 million. Last week, the county added roads in Baxter Village, Baden Village, Stanton Heights and other subdivisions.
Paul Lindemann, councilman for the Fort Mill area, where most of the newly adopted roads are located, said it's important to adopt these roads before the subdivisions experience the same concerns as Regent Park.
Regent Parkway is a private road that needed hundreds of thousands of dollars of work to bring it up to county standards. It has been repaved and is open for traffic from U.S. 21 in York County to Dorman Road in Lancaster County.
At the council's request, County Manager Jim Baker evaluated whether adding new roads hurts the county's ability to maintain all of the roads. He concluded that development has not decreased the county's capacity to deal with road maintenance.
"If the county doesn't accept roads, they become private, and the homeowners' association has to maintain the roads," Baker said. "They don't always set aside enough money to maintain them, and the county ends up taking care of the responsibilities without any money set aside to do it. We're better positioned to deal with the roads now rather than later."