North Carolina General Statutes § 136-96.1 Special proceeding to declare a right-of-way dedicated to public use

(a)        A special proceeding under Article 3, Chapter 1 of the General Statutes may be brought to declare a right-of-way dedicated to public use if:

(1)        The landowners of tracts constituting two-thirds of the road frontage of the land abutting the right-of-way in question join in the action;

(2)        The right-of-way is depicted on an unrecorded map, plat, or survey;

(3)        The right-of-way has been actually open and used by the public; and

(4)        Recorded deeds for at least three separate parcels abutting the right-of-way recite the existence of the right-of-way as a named street or road.

(b)        In a special proceeding brought pursuant to this section, the clerk of court shall issue an order declaring the right-of-way to be dedicated to public use upon finding that the provisions of subsection (a) of this section have been proven.

(c)        Any right-of-way found to be dedicated to public use pursuant to this section that is proposed for addition to the State highway system shall meet the requirements of G.S. 136-102.6.

(d)       This section shall not apply to any right-of-way established by adverse possession or by cartway proceeding. (2001-501, s. 1.)

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