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What’s up with that unpaved section of Torchwood Boulevard?

Patrick Gannon
StarNews

For at least a couple of years, a small stretch of Torchwood Boulevard — which has become a main collector street in that area — has remained unpaved.

Why?

It basically comes down to a squabble between developers of adjacent housing developments over responsibility for that section.

But it’s not as simple as throwing down some asphalt, said Sam Burgess, principal development planner for New Hanover County. Differences in elevation from one end of the road to the other, drainage, and alignment of the two sides of road also come into play.

The county, N.C. Department of Transportation and developers of Westbay Estates and Courtney Pines subdivisions have held meetings about this and are trying to work out a solution, Burgess said.

Burgess said the county’s opinion is that Legacy Group LLC, the Courtney Pines developer, is responsible for finishing the road. The county has a surety bond from Legacy Group. Burgess said it would be possible to use that money to hire someone to design and pave the road, but the county is hoping the developers find a solution before that becomes necessary.

He said the county is giving the developer the benefit of the doubt for now.

“At the same time, it does need to be completed,” Burgess said.

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