Long-awaited Blackmon Road work stalls just three weeks in

Granite boulders, some the size of pickup trucks, have stopped work on the long-awaited Blackmon Road water and sewer lines — about three weeks after the work started.

Workers have run into more than twice the amount of rock they expected. The project, which was difficult to finance because of soaring construction costs, is already at its about $730,000 budget. Work is about 40 percent complete on extending water and sewer lines to A Place for Hope, the community center.

Many of the impoverished Blackmon Road residents live without running water and other basic amenities. County officials, church leaders, activists and other have worked for years to improve conditions in the community, located just outside of Rock Hill city limits.

The rock that’s already been blasted will be cleared and construction equipment will move off the site by week’s end, unless an emergency infusion of cash comes from somewhere.

County officials are working to get money from the state.

See Thursday's Herald for more.