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Who will oversee cleanup of utility work along Torchwood Blvd. and Beacon Drive?

Ken Little

The full question:

“A utility company recently buried cables along Torchwood and Beacon Drives in Ogden. The work was completed weeks ago, yet they left behind broken signs, machine tracks in the ground, and uprooted roots and debris. Who was the contractor and are there county and/or state regulations governing site cleanup?”

And the answer:

The N.C. Department of Transportation will make an on-site visit to assess the roadway condition on Torchwood Boulevard “with regards to the encroachment,” said Gerald Taylor, New Hanover County maintenance engineer.

The encroachment agreement grants a utility company the permission to work within the right-of-way and governs the work to be performed, Taylor said.

Progress Energy “was working within the right-of-way and will be performing the final cleanup,” he said.

Taylor said the Torchwood Boulevard review will be limited to the section of roadway that is currently maintained by the N.C. DOT. The N.C. DOT maintenance limit is from the intersection of Market Street to Beacon Drive.

The section of Torchwood Boulevard north of Beacon Drive is maintained by a homeowners association, the developer, or private property owners, Taylor said.

No requirements exist that require a private street owner to register maintenance responsibility with the N.C. DOT, “and the state agency does not maintain a list,” Taylor said.

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