Cajah Mountain Road Improvement Project

Fast Facts

NCDOT TIP #: U-6157
Project Type: Improvements
Project Length: 3.39 miles
Affected Counties
: Caldwell
Condemning Authority: NCDOT
Estimated Parcels: 200+
Estimated Cost:
Right-of-Way Funds: $9,200,000


In what is being termed a “modernization,” the NCDOT is set to make improvements to a roughly 3.4 mile stretch of Cajah Mountain Road in Caldwell County. While these improvements do not include additional lanes, shoulder and right-of-way expansions will be undertaken.

Many of the improvements are safety-related, as the existing lane widths, shoulders, and curves of Cajah Mountain Road do not meet current NCDOT design standards. The project aims to improve safety by upgrading the road to modern standards and to consider bicycle and pedestrian travel.

There are two major parts to the project. First, from Connely Springs Road to Joplin Road, the NCDOT plans to widen the shoulders, including five feet of paved shoulder in the eight-foot overall width. It will also improve the intersection with Hudson Cajah Mountain Road, and the speed limit west of Sawmills will adjust to 45 mph.

Second, from Joplin road to US 321A, the NCDOT will install a curb and gutter, with 5-foot bicycle lanes and a 5-foot sidewalk on either side of the roadway. It will transition the sidewalk and bicycle lanes to a 10-foot multi-use path from Mount Zion Baptist Church to the project end at US 321A.

Even without adding lanes, bringing the road into modern design specifications means widening the shoulders, altering intersections, and more. The project will require land from many property owners along the path.

Business and Homeowner Concerns

In fact, more than 200 properties will experience an eminent domain taking for this project, and some properties may lose substantial land. With accompanying drainage, slope, and possible utility work, property owners may find themselves uncomfortably close to more traffic and more noise, and businesses may find their parking lots and access negatively impacted.

This part of the project has a projected budget of over $43 million, of which the NCDOT has set aside more than $9 million to compensate affected property owners.

If your property, business, or residence is affected by either part of the Cajah Mountain Road improvement project, don’t wait for the NCDOT to come knocking! Call us right now at 1-877-393-4990 or contact us online for a free case evaluation. Ask about our no-fee guarantee – our clients pay us nothing unless we collect for them!



Caldwell Journal

Project Map

U-6157 map



  • Right-of-way acquisition – 2024
  • Start construction – 2026
  • End construction  – TBD

Property Takings


It is estimated that this project will impact more than 200 parcels of property. Currently, the NCDOT has set aside more than $9 million for right-of-way takings.

If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys (four of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation. Call us at 1-877-393-4990 or contact us online as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.

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