Q. I live on a county, residential street (Holland Drive, but I think this inquiry is applicable to the entirety of the Wrightsboro community.) Not once this year have the right-of-way or ditch banks been mowed. Many residents take it upon themselves to do this; many do not. I suspect the economy and the county budget plays into this decision. However, this has become more than an eyesore. It’s about drainage, safety, and liability. Who should I contact? If individual property owners are responsible (especially for ditches), do I contact the police or county code enforcement? Is there a phone number for that?
A. According to New Hanover County Engineer Jim Iannucci: “Per (N.C. Department of Transportation) maintenance, the northern section of New Hanover County that includes Holland Drive is scheduled to be evaluated and have maintenance done next year.
“N.C. DOT works on a cycle through the various counties on a section by section basis to perform preventative maintenance in a more efficient manner,” Iannucci said. “Any concerns that require immediate action or pose a safety concern should be reported to the N.C. DOT Maintenance Unit.”
Drainage issues outside the right-of-way on private property should be reported to the New Hanover County Engineering Department (910-798-7139), Iannucci said.
Date posted: November 15, 2012
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