NC County Spending $300K To Tame Massive Potholes

An Outer Banks community that likes being out of the way has decided it's time to pay for roadwork after nearly a generation of letting potholes grow so big they test the gears of four-wheel-drive vehicles.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported Saturday that Currituck County has decided to spend about $300,000 to fill and grade a three-mile section of a dune-side road near the unincorporated community of Carova.

The stretch has 75 potholes, one of which measures nearly a tenth of an acre.

The chasms on the unpaved primary route north and south along Currituck County's Outer Banks have developed over at least 20 years.

Full-time residents long resisted local road projects so the area would remain less accessible to outsiders. Federal wetlands regulations have also hampered upgrades.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Carova on Oct 25, 2011 at 11:42 PM
    Appearently these potholes do swallow cars. I personally just avoid it all together and drive down the beach to get where I am going. But driving down the beach in the summer is hazardous. With kids running and dogs off leashes and kids digging holes. It is the sand. I do not think anyone should be coming up and tarring. I think they are filling the roads with sand from what I understand.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Oct 16, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    At this point, for that amount of dollars, wouldn't it be more prudent to just repave sections, rather than just drip tar/drop black reject and cover with minimal asphalt into the potholes, as is the usual method?
  • by Lee Location: Henrico on Oct 16, 2011 at 04:31 AM
    Hmm The County is going to spend county funds to do this? Hmmm... I wasn't aware that North Carolina counties were in the road maintenance business. What's different about Currituck?
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Oct 15, 2011 at 04:17 PM
    dang, four thousand dollars per pothole. I wish I had known there was going to be a bidding going on. Unless one swallows a car, I bet I could do it for way way way way less!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2011 at 02:27 PM
    I think they need to spend some money on repaving NC 903 from Stokes to Greenville! That is a rough driving road. I know the cops can't pull anyone over for weaving on that one! And I can't imagine how many cars that go that way repeatedly, get out of line!
  • by Kirstie Location: enc on Oct 15, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    It is sad that wet lands are more important than human beings.Mosquitos are also. We need to take our country back.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2011 at 01:40 PM in reply to Kirstie
      I live near the wildlife refuge and Dare County bombing range so spraying for mosquitoes out here did absolutely nothing! They wont spray on the refuge because it might hurt the animals. I think if someone in my family gets sick from the bites I tell the state they can pay the hospital bill because a bunch of fish and birds were more important.
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      by G on Oct 15, 2011 at 01:55 PM in reply to Kirstie
      I think it's more the residents don't want the road repaved than the wetlands. You have to have 4wd to get there across the sand anyway.
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