A popular road used as a cut-through in Holley has been closed, and playing a role in the blame are issues of safety, flooding, the preservation of trees and a potential development.
Developers who purchased two parcels of land near the intersection of Hwy 87 S and Allie Grimes Road around 2006 appeared before Santa Rosa commissioners on April 25, asking the county to vacate a portion of Big Oak Loop, which courses off Holley Assembly of God church property.
Despite a previous rezoning approval with a condition to retain connectivity, the measure was approved by commissioners, effectively closing the road’s public use.
Lovie Ann Grimes, a longtime resident of the area, contacted county officials to protest any vacating of the roadway.
“We couldn’t get them to stop. We didn’t want that to happen,” Grimes said following the vote.
Grimes spoke of safety concerns over the intersection of Hwy 87 S at Allie Grimes Road, an intersection which has periodic traffic congestion in proximity to a curve and further compounded by the location of a convenience store.
“Many residents use the road by the (Holley Assembly of God) church to avoid that danger,” Grimes said.