County, city ‘aban­don’ roads

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­news.com

Both Cov­ing­ton and New­ton County officials took the un­usual step of aban­don­ing roads this week, giv­ing them to neigh­bors who ei­ther want to main­tain them them­selves or sim­ply watch them go to seed.

Mon­day night, the Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil voted unan­i­mously to give up the re­main­der of Robin­son Street near U.S. 278. Jared Rut­berg, owner of Cov­ing­ton Pro Lube, asked for the road be­cause it’s short and un­main­tained, has been a spot for park­ers and peo­ple sim­ply aban­don­ing cars, and re­mains on Google maps, lead­ing truck­ers to at­tempt to use it. They can’t. City po­lice have had to help sev­eral truck­ers back out onto 278 to get out of the dead-end road.

Laws re­quire gov­ern­ments to of­fer

aban­doned roads to neigh­bor­ing landown­ers on a 50-50 ba­sis. Rut­berg said his neigh­bor didn’t want the road and the added tax bur­den, so he plans to take the whole thing and main­tain it.

The aban­doned road is not long – maybe 250 feet by 30.

“It’s some­thing that will make the area look a lit­tle bit bet­ter and pos­si­bly stop trucks from go­ing in there,” Rut­berg said of his plans to spruce things up.

The north­ern half of Robin­son Street was cut off from Rut­berg’s sec­tion and later aban­doned it­self when the rail­road split it in two years ago.

Tues­day night, the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers aban­doned a sim­i­lar un­named road in the south­east­ern part of the county, near the in­ter­sec­tion of Old Starsville Road and County Road 213. That road bizarrely runs through the prop­erty of Mary Jane Dixon, and it doesn’t re­ally go any­where. The county does not main­tain it.

The county’s vote to give Dixon the road was like­wise unan­i­mous.

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