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Old 08-29-2010, 07:18 PM
 
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Default Road Right of Way width?

I'm not in the area at the moment so I've looked on line but haven't found the answer to my question. How wide is the right of way on a public road in Buncombe County?

What I want to do is build a fence along the side of my property that abuts a roadway. It's not a private road. It's a regular two lane (one each way) road in the County and it's not in any city limits.

I need to make sure that it's out of the road's right of way. As I understand it, the right of way goes beyond the blacktop edge of the road. The distance, whatever that number is, is measured from the center of the road and out to the sides. I'm trying to determine what that distance is so I can ensure that the fence doesn't encroach on it.

So, does an yone know what the distance is for a right of way in Buncombe County? TIA!
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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It all depends...LOL...send me a message with the street name and rough location. I will see if I can help you out.
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Old 08-30-2010, 06:49 PM
 
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On Secondary roads in the countryside, the Right of Way normally extends from the middle of the road to the back of the drainage ditch. You can check with the NCDOT Division 13 office at this number to check on the distance for sure though: (828) 251-6171. Any of the engineers there should be able to answer your question, or point you in the right direction to do so.
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:26 PM
 
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Thanks for the number to NCDOT, ncdragon. I will need it for this issue and other things I plan to do.

waytosouth - thank you for the offer, too. I sent you a message.
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:35 PM
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I have heard 30 feet for years, so when I planted trees in 1975 on our property, I went to the center of the road and steped 30 steps thinking I would surely have them out of the road right of way, but calling the NCDOT is a very good idea because these right of ways sometimes change. You will see a sign on the road that states that the right of way is so many feet from the center of the road. I used to wonder why the signs were there. It is sort of like a zoning notice. If the road had not been in the center of the right of way--it is now.

I am not a lawyer, so this information is just as good as what you paid to get it. LOL
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