Kerr Avenue Widening
NCDOT TIP # U-3338C
Project Type: Road widening
Affected Counties: New Hanover
Estimated Cost: $ 23,255,000
NCDOT Project #U-3338C is one part of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) larger plan to widen a 3.2-mile stretch of Kerr Avenue from Randall Parkway to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Wilmington. The project will widen the road by two lanes on average, with more dedicated turn lanes along its length. The overall plan for the area also calls for four travel lanes, bicycle lanes, a landscaped median and a 10-foot-wide multi-use path on Randall Parkway between Independence Boulevard and South Kerr Avenue. Sidewalks and pedestrian crossings will also be installed.
This half-mile portion of the project, #U-3338C, involves constructing a half-clover interchange at the intersection of Kerr Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, which would raise Kerr Avenue more than 20 feet above U.S. 74.
Some property owners are concerned. The NCDOT will be taking homes near the intersection under eminent domain to make room for the new design, and an estimated 35 properties will be affected.
Jackson Provost, construction engineer for the NCDOT emphasized in a Wilmington Star News report that the NCDOT works hard to offer a fair appraisal, but if property owners and the NCDOT can’t agree, attorneys like Stan Abrams with the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm can step in to “help (property owners) recover the just compensation, the money they deserve for their case,” Provost said. “It’s a dynamic process. It’s not just, ‘Here you go.’”
- Wilmington Star News: Kerr Avenue, MLK Parkway Interchange Moving Forward
- Wilmington Star News: Widening of Kerr Avenue Could Lead to Legal Disputes
- Right-of-way acquisition - 2018
- Start Construction - 2019
- End Construction - 2020
It is estimated that more than 35 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $8,855,000 for right-of-way takings. If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys (two of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation.