Independence Boulevard Extension

Fast Facts

Project Type:
New Construction
Affected Counties:
New Hanover
Estimated Cost: $


To relieve congestion and create additional traffic flow capacity, the NCDOT is planning to extend SR 1209, known locally as Independence Boulevard, in Wilmington from its intersection with Randall Parkway and Mercer Avenue to a new interchange at SR 74 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway).

The new, elevated roadway will cover approximately 1.7 miles with an additional 4-lane north-south corridor, and end in an interchange with Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway. Other local roads will also see alteration to enable cross traffic in places, and the new road will travel over a CSX railway. Improvements for pedestrians are included as well: a non-elevated greenway is proposed on the east side between Randall Parkway and Maides Park.

For the many residential and private property owners as well as businesses along the path of the project and modified side and cross streets, the new construction and its accompanying greenway, utility relocation, and easements could change the nature of every parcel it touches – and the value along with it. Residents will have new traffic even closer to their homes. Businesses stand to lose valuable land, signage, and parking spaces. Access to affected properties may be modified or compromised as well.

The project has a projected budget of more than $214 million, of which the NCDOT has set aside more than $67 million to compensate affected property owners.

If your property, business, or residence is affected by the Independence Boulevard extension in Wilmington, 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!


Map of NCDOT project U-4434

A Map of NCDOT project U-4434

U-4434 Map 4


  • Right-of-way acquisition – 2027
  • Start construction –2029
  • End construction  – Timeline pending revision

Property Takings

It is estimated that this project will impact more than 190 parcels of property. Currently, the NCDOT has set aside more than $67 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.

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evaluation today.

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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