Ask Joe: Why does dirt road remain unpaved?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 8/19/2014 6:25 pm

From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about road work and government boundaries.

Catherine Delpizzo wrote in, pointing out the current roadwork on Pyramid Highway ends at the edge of a dirt road that was recently paved. She said there is a 12-foot section of "no man's land" that remains untouched.

Catherine's question is who has the responsibility for the unpaved section of road?

The road that was paved last year is called Ironwood. It is privately owned, and was redone last year by the local general improvement district in Palomino Valley.

As for who owns the dirt portion, the Palomino Valley GID said NDOT, but NDOT said it does not own that property.

Joe has confirmed that the Regional Transportation Commission plans on putting in a special lane where drivers can slow down as they turn off onto Ironwood. According to RTC Spokesperson Joe Harrington, it is a $98,000 project, but it does not include the dirt portion. So, $98,000, plus $2.5 million to redo the highway, but that little no man's land stretch will remain unpaved.

Jim Hicks from the Palomino Valley GID said RTC told them the dirt section was going to be included. On Tuesday, Joe was the one to tell him it is not.

There is a lot of confusion on this issue, and no one seems willing to take ownership of that no man's land road, at least not yet. News 4 will follow up to see if anyone will.
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Kramer - 8/20/2014 1:06 PM
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so keep yer tin Lizzy off Ironwood...

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