Roads

Roads in Brunswick County

In North Carolina, counties do not own or maintain roads per the NC General Statutes.

Taxes paid to Brunswick County do not pay for any road maintenance or the construction of new roads.

Brunswick County does not have control over road access, maintenance problems, the building of new roads, planning for new roads, or the upkeep of stormwater and ditches along roadways.

Types of Roads

Roads are designated as public OR private.

Public Roads: Public roads in Brunswick County are owned, maintained, built, and dedicated to either the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) or a Municipality. NCDOT or the Municipality is responsible for all maintenance and upkeep of the roadway. (Brunswick County does not control stormwater conveyance along NCDOT roadways.)

Private Roads: If a road is not public, then it is a private road that is privately-owned by an organization like an HOA or POA, by a person, by several people, or by a Corporation/LLC. The designated owner is responsible for all maintenance and upkeep of the roadway.

To determine if your road is a public or private road, use Brunswick County’s road lookup map. Type your street name in the search bar to learn if your road is maintained by NCDOT or falls within municipal limits.

Road Maintenance

State If your road is a State/NCDOT road, contact NCDOT to report a concern.
Municipal If the road is located inside municipal limits and you think the road might be a municipal (city/town/village) street, contact that municipality for confirmation or to report a concern.
Private If the road is not a State road and is not a municipal road, or is outside municipal limits, then it is privately-owned. The owner or owners of privately-owned roads are responsible for their maintenance and upkeep.

Note: Even though a road may be privately funded, it is still available for the use of the public.

If requested, Brunswick County Emergency Services staff will assess a privately-owned road’s condition to determine whether emergency vehicles (ambulances, fire trucks, etc.) can access properties on the road. If emergency vehicles cannot access properties along the road, Brunswick County will let these property owners know and encourage them to take the steps necessary to repair and maintain the road. To request an assessment, call 910-253-5383.

Street maps are available for purchase in the Brunswick County GIS office.

Road Resources

Road Lookup

Discover if your road is state-maintained, maintained by a municipality, or privately-maintained.

NCDOT Road Database

Additional resources to determine if your road is maintained by NCDOT.

Contact NCDOT

Have an issue with a State-maintained road? Submit a concern to NCDOT.

DriveNC

View real-time travel information in your area, including scheduled maintenance for State roads.

Transportation Resources

NCDOT Projects

Learn more about NCDOT transportation projects in Brunswick County.

Brunswick Transit

Learn more about public transit offered by Brunswick Transit System, Inc. (BTS) in Brunswick County.

STIP

View information about the current and draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

CTP

Learn more about the Brunswick County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP).

Road Maintenance Projects – News & Updates

NCDOT: Maintenance Work to Close Lanes in Shallotte

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will close lanes of U.S. 17 Business in each direction for one week starting on Thursday. Contract crews will close the lanes to improve the road approaching and departing a bridge on Main Street (U.S. 17B) over the Shallotte River.

NCDOT: Multiple Brunswick County Roads to be Resurfaced

Thanks to a new contract, a few sections of prominent local roads and several sections of secondary roads in Brunswick County will be resurfaced. Two sections of U.S. 17, one section of N.C. 904, and four sections of secondary roads are scheduled to be resurfaced by fall 2024.

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