Re: Easements: Who is Responsible for Road Maintenance
is this addressed in the easement grant? If not, based on general principles, the costs of maintenance are shared based on the amount of use of each person using the easement. If the servient tenant (the guy that owns the actual land) doesn't use it, you would be liable for all the costs to maintain the lane. In some states, who maintains it is based in statute, others not.
So, the first thing to do is find the original creating document and see what it says about maintenance. Then, I would suggest discussing this with the neighbor. If he doesn't care if you maintain it yourself, then I would suggest doing so and if it is a shared easement, present a bill for his share of the costs.
If he maintains it, you should expect a bill for your share of the maintenance costs.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.