Here’s the full question:
I live in the Arrondale section of homes. It’s located off Carolina Beach Road. We have tried for many years to get the County to help us with our roads. Kirkwood is the development in back of us. The main road in and out of both developments is Wingate Drive. I am on the corner of Windgate and Baylor. My question is, if the road from Carolina Beach Road to Baylor is not “accepted” as a County Road couldn’t we consider this part a private road? Apparently, our builder did not turn our development over to the County after our houses were built and now the road is in horrible shape. I feel its dangerous for the school buses to come down into the development and when I call this in to see if the County can fix these holes, they tell me they cannot as it a private road. What in the world can we do? If it is truly a private road, then could we close it to through traffic?
Here’s our answer:
Neighborhoods with private roads can ask New Hanover County for permission to restrict access to the road, said Chris O’Keefe, the county’s planning director.
Yet the county , which does not maintain roads, does not generally allow neighborhoods or homeowners associations to restrict access to roads that are used by other neighborhoods.
“If there’s actually through traffic,” O’Keefe said, “Then probably, the answer is no.”
When dealing with requests to restrict access to a road that is either new or existing, the county considers how it fits in with an overall transportation network, he said. A dead-end road, for example, that only serves a single group of houses would be a better candidate for restricting access than a road that connects to several other roads.
“When we put subdivisions together they rely on each other’s road systems to handle each other’s traffic,” he said. “We have to make sure there’s a way for traffic to continue functioning.”
You can contact the New Hanover County Planning Department at (910) 798-7165.
Date posted: March 22, 2012