In order to prepare for anticipated continued growth in Wilmington, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) proposes to widen 2.5 miles of SR 2048 (Gordon Road) from two lanes of undivided road way to four lanes divided by a 17.5 foot raised median between I-40/North College Road and US 17 (Market Street). Additionally, a paved, 10-foot multi-use path will be constructed on the northern side of the widened road.
Reduced conflict intersections, (also known as superstreets, synchchronized streets, or median U-turns) will be installed at sidestreets without turn signals, requiring motorists to turn right onto Gordon Road. Drivers wanting to drive in the opposite direction will be directed into a dedicated lane to make a u-turn after first turning right onto Gordon Road. These right-in right-out only intersections will accommodate the raised median.
According to the NCDOT, the road widening project will improve safety and reduce the risk of serious crashes in anticipation of increased traffic volumes for the Wilmington area in New Hanover County.
Business and Home Owners Concerns
The Gordon Road widening may accommodate increased traffic and improve safety conditions, but property owners on the planned route should be aware of the changes being made and how their residential properties may be affected by the process, construction, and resulting traffic patterns. Just compensation for highway construction takings should be provided, but you may have to fight for it.
There also may be easements issues, which can be very tricky from a property rights standpoint. Does the government want a permanent easement or a temporary easement? What is the long-term plan? We can help you understand the possible impact to your property.
As usual, property owners stand to lose some or all of their property when the government decides it’s needed for the public good. The NCDOT will make an offer, but it’s important to remember that the offer may be low. Like any other buyer, the NCDOT wants to buy as affordably as possible and may not include full just compensation in the initial offer. We can help you fight to try to obtain that compensation!
Your property may be significantly affected by these changes. Contact us if your property is in the path of this Gordon Road widening project, and we can discuss your circumstances.
- Right-of-way acquisition – Summer 2022
- Utilities – 2022-2023
- Start construction – FY 2024
- End construction – FY 2027
The project plans indicate that many owners along the route will have their property significantly impacted, including home and business owners who may need to relocate plus many more who will have the highway brought much closer to their front doors.
The NCDOT has estimated right-of-way takings of $12,835,000, of which $3,003,000 is unfunded in the 2020-2029 STIP (July, 2022). Right-of-way takings started in FY 2022 and will continue through FY 2029. Projected utilities relocation costs are $5,300,000 and projected construction costs are $33,600,000.
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There are only a handful of attorneys in NC who practice eminent domain exclusively, and even fewer with NCDOT experience. We have several. That’s why its worth getting in touch with us for a free case evaluation.
Here’s how it works:
1) Tell us about your situation.
2) We research your property as needed, using DOT maps, our own technology, and experience to see the exact effects.
3) We let you know what we think a fair offer would be. This evaluation is free, and there’s no
pressure or obligation to hire us after.
But please don’t wait to act. Waiting can hurt your case, and the cost is the same: free.
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