Wednesday, August 15, 2007

4 Wheel Drive Area Roads

The Currituck Board of Commissioners held a retreat last week and improvements to roads in the Carova and Swan Beach area were a topic of discussion. The Board talked about the creation of a service district to allow for the grading and compacting of the sandy, dirt roads in the area. Although the roads would not be paved, the hardened surfaces would provide for better traffic flow and provide an alternative to driving on the crowded beach road. Discussions over the past year have centered on improvements to Sandfiddler Rd; Commissioner Ernie Bowden requested that Sandpiper Rd. be added to a service district. Residents in the area have historically been opposed to a service district and even Commissioners squelched the idea back in January of this year. The County has had an agreement with NC DOT for some time to make improvements and then be reimbursed for the cost. Funding for the improvements and maintenance over and above reimbursement would come from occupancy tax collections. A public hearing on the matter is expected to be held in September.

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