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How do we turn a private road into a state-maintained road?

Ashley Hanners

Q. I live on a private dirt road in New Hanover County with 5 other homes. How do we turn a private road into a state maintained road?

A. According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, there is a process for roads to be added to the state system, providing the roadway meets a host of requirements for lot ownership, rights of way and road construction guidelines.

First, an individual or homeowners’ association has to request that a private road be made public, filing something called the SR1 form.

Go to the N.C. DOT website at http://ncdot.gov/. Once there, type in “SR-1” into the search criteria. This should result in a form: “North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Highways Petition for Road Addition.” The requirements for addition are listed on the petition.

The process is guided by state statutes and the state DOT decides whether to approve applications.

This post was updated on March 18, 2016.



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