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UPDATE: Work underway following Count on 2 Investigation

Progress is being made on Walleye Road following a Count on 2 Investigation.

Hugh Mitchum is one of several homeowners who uses the dirt road in the Francis Marion Forest daily.

Mitchum called the investigators after several failed attempts to get the road graded. He says both Berkeley County and US Forest Service officials had done work on the road in the past but had not maintained it in years.

During our investigation all agencies denied responsibility, but one week after the story aired the US Forest Service surveyed the project. A week after that Berkeley County crews graded the road.

A Berkeley County spokesperson said the road is private and the work is a short term solution as they negotiate an agreement with the US Forest Service for future maintenance.

Mitchum says he is glad the road was fixed this time, but is hesitant to celebrate until a plan is put in place for future needs.

Whose road is it anyway?

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCBD) – The drive down Walleye Road in the Francis Marion Forest is a bumpy one.

Hugh Mitchum II is one of the 25 homeowners who use the dirt road daily to get to his home on Douglas Acres Lane.

Mitchum says the road suffered severe damage in the floods of 2016 and has not been repaired since.

In the past, he says both Berkeley County and the National Forest Service have done work on the road to fix the deepening potholes and unpacked gravel.

Despite several complaints, Mitchum says no one will take responsibility of the worsening road.

“We got school buses, we have to consider emergency vehicles that might have to come down here ambulances and fire trucks,” he adds. “The mail ladies complain and they want us to do something and we just don’t know what to do.”

Berkeley County officials told Mitchum the road repairs were in the hands of the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service said the road does not belong to them.

Maps obtained from Berkeley County show the road listed as ‘private; unknown’ meaning it doesn’t belong to the county.

Berkeley County spokesperson Hannah Moldenhauer they are trying to partner with the Forest Service.

“The County has been working with the National Forest Service (NF) for quite some time now to come up with an agreement that would allow the County and NF to work together on assisting on road maintenance within the NF limits.”

The National Forest Service confirms they have received the proposed agreement and expect it to be executed by the Forest Supervisor and Berkeley County Supervisor by the end of fiscal year 2019 or beginning of fiscal year 2020.

A forest service official confirms the ‘Cooperative Road Agreement’ will be used to fix Walleye Road.

Work underway following Count on 2 Investigation

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