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What is the process for having an unpaved road considered for paving in Brunswick County?

Ken Little

The first consideration would be is if the unpaved road is in the state highway system, said Gerard M. Taylor, state Department of Transportation Division 3 assistant division maintenance engineer.

“If the unpaved road is maintained by the Department of Transportation, the North Carolina general statutes addresses a priority paving system statewide,” Taylor said.

The state secondary unpaved road paving system is outlined in statute 136-44.2D. It states the DOT “shall expend 50 percent of the funds allocated to the paving of unpaved secondary roads for the paving of unpaved secondary roads based on a statewide prioritization,” according to the statute.

The statute states that the DOT “shall expend the remainder of the funds equally among the 14 Highway Divisions for the paving of unpaved secondary roads within each Highway Division based on the same statewide prioritization.”

The DOT will pave eligible unpaved secondary roads “that receive the highest priority ranking within this statewide prioritization,” the statute states.

Nothing in the subsection regarding unpaved secondary roads should be interpreted “to require the (DOT) to pave any unpaved secondary roads that do not meet secondary road system addition standards” as set forth in general statutes 136-44.10 and 136-102.6, the statute states.

The state Highway Trust Fund is not intended to fund the paving of unpaved secondary roads, the statute adds.

The paving priority for unpaved secondary roads are updated every four years.

“A paving priority is a relative number that is established for a particular unpaved road in a given county,” according to the DOT.

A priority number for a road is based on the characteristics of the road.

Characteristics evaluated include the number of homes, schools, churches, businesses, industries and recreational facilities, according to the DOT.

Other areas evaluated include the presence of school bus traffic, the average daily traffic count and the thoroughfare classification.

“A number of points are assigned to each characteristic and a point total is obtained,” according to the DOT.

All unpaved roads in a county assigned a paving priority number based on the points system.

“The road with the highest number of points receives a priority of one and becomes the first road to be considered for paving,” Taylor said.

Members of the public should contact the DOT county maintenance engineer in the county of interest to verify whether or not the unpaved is within the state highway system.

“If the unpaved road is not maintained by the (DOT), then one would need to contact the entity that maintains the unpaved road,” Taylor said.

Taylor’s office can be reached at 910-341-2000. The DOT directory can be accessed at https://apps.ncdot.gov/dot/directory/authenticated/ToC.aspx.


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