We first answered this question in 2012 and tackled it again in 2014. Unfortunately, we can’t add much to the earlier answer.
A. Harley Road between Market Street and Joy Hines Road is inside the city limits and the rest is in the county, Wilmington Public Services Director Richard King said.
“Our GIS indicates that the part inside the city is private,” King said.
DOT engineer Al Edgerton Jr. was unable to locate any documents showing Harley Road in the state system.
Responsibility for road maintenance may fall to the private developer of the road, which connects with Market Street (U.S. 17) about halfway between the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Gordon Road, near where the Wilmington city limits end and New Hanover County begins.
MyReporter has been unable to determine who the developer is.
EARLIER ANSWER: The answer to this question isn’t as easy as it would seem. And we don’t have a definitive answer yet, but we’re trying to find one.
Harley Road connects with Market Street (U.S. 17) about halfway between the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Gordon Road, near where the Wilmington city limits end and New Hanover County begins. That’s important because the city typically maintains roads within its boundaries, while the N.C. Department of Transportation generally maintains roads outside the city limits. In some cases, roads are privately maintained by developers, homeowners associations or other entities.
Neither the city’s road-maintenance folks nor the N.C. Department of Transportation had a quick, easy answer to this question.
Richard King, city Public Services director, said the short stretch of Harley Road between Market Street and Joy Hines Road is inside the city but he had information suggesting it is privately maintained. By whom? Not sure.
And the stretch beyond Joy Hines Road, which is outside the city, isn’t maintained by the state, wrote Al Edgerton Jr., a DOT engineer, in an email.
“We are not aware of who is responsible for maintaining this route,” Edgerton wrote.
Maybe this helps explain – or maybe not – the condition of the road.
Chuck Kuebler, who posed the question to MyReporter, said the road is always in bad shape with potholes that have “popped tires.” It needs a “complete overhaul,” he wrote.
We have follow up questions in to the DOT and city to see if they can determine what private entity is responsible for the road.
Otherwise, Harley may be the one that fell through the cracks, so to speak.
Date posted: September 12, 2012
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