Officials approve closing ‘Road to Nowhere’

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GOOSE CREEK ROAD – Usually the Pamlico County Commissioners are tasked with deciding which existing roads need improvement; or, when roads should be built by developers for new subdivisions.

So heads were scratched Monday night when board members were asked to abandon a 300-foot section of Goose Creek Road. The stretch is more of a spur, which now serves only a single waterfront residence on Goose Creek – in a rural part of southwest Pamlico County.

The area is so rural, in fact, that Commissioner Missy Baskervill described the asphalt-paved two lane as a “road to nowhere.”

On behalf of the homeowners, New Bern attorney John King Jr. submitted a well-worded letter that laid out the legal argument for abandonment, citing “a) dumping of trash; b) loitering; c) physical and verbal confrontations requiring, on at least one occasion, intervention by the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Department; and d) various other illegal and nefarious activities.”

The measure won in a 5 to 2 vote, with Commissioner Carl Ollison objecting that “we are giving these people a long, paved driveway,” and Commissioner Doug Brinson agreeing “that is a considerable amount of asphalt on the road down there.”

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