If you have property along Murchison Road from Interstate 295 to the U.S. 401 Bypass, it’s important to be prepared when NCDOT gives you an offer for it. Plans call for widening the road to include a grass median as well as “reduced conflict intersections” that official says improve safety.
The NCDOT reports this project will include:
- Four travel lanes on Murchison Road from I-295 to just south of the U.S. 401 Bypass (two northbound and two southbound lanes)
- A 10-foot multi-use path to the eastern side of Murchison Road
- A new 5-foot sidewalk/replace existing sidewalk on the western side of Murchison Road
- Construction of a “quadrant left” design at the intersection of Murchison Road and the U.S. 401 Bypass
- Construction of “continuous flow Intersections” throughout the corridor
An NCDOT overview of the project describes the road as “an important historical and cultural connection,” and says the route “connects military personnel, civilian residents, and visitors to destinations within the community and to points north and west of the city.”
Andrew Barksdale, a DOT spokesman, said that the opening of the I-295 Outer Loop makes Murchison Road a new gateway into Fayetteville.
“We have been working with the city of Fayetteville and FAMPO (Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization) for the past several years to fine-tune the plans to reconstruct this road to improve traffic flow and safety and provide better pedestrian access,” he said.
Business and Homeowner Concerns
The power of eminent domain gives the government the ability to take your property for projects that are intended for the public good. However, the U.S. Constitution requires the government to offer you fair compensation for your property.
NCDOT is motivated to purchase property it wants as affordably as possible and may not consider particular items such as relocation expenses, if at all. We can help you to determine whether the NCDOT offer is low and help you fight for what your property is worth.
Many NCDOT projects may also involve temporary, permanent, and utility easements, which can complicate issues further. But we can help by fronting the costs for professional surveyors, appraisers, and engineers to get a realistic estimate of what NCDOT’s taking of your property will cost you.
Contact us if your property will be affected by NCDOT’s plans.
What to Do if Your Property Is Affected
You still have rights even though the government has the power of eminent domain. NCDOT has set aside an estimated $10,600,000 for right-of-way acquisition in 2023 for this project – but there could be circumstances that complicate matters. We advise you to consult with an eminent domain lawyer before you accept any NCDOT offer.
You have the right to fair compensation and you’re not obligated to accept the government’s initial offer. We can help you fight for what your property’s worth and we front the costs of fighting your case. If we’re unable to increase the government’s initial offer, then you owe us nothing. Call 1-888-376-2108 or contact us for a complimentary case evaluation.
We guarantee that we will only take an attorney’s fee if we can increase your offer above the starting offer amount. At that point, we’ll calculate our fee as a percentage of the increased amount only. The initial offer amount remains completely yours.
We’re so confident because we’ve tripled our clients’ initial offers on average since we’ve been in business.1
News and Publications
- ABC11 Eyewitness News, “NCDOT unveils proposal for upgrade to Murchison Road in Fayetteville”
- The Fayetteville Observer, “New turn lanes, redesigned intersection proposed as part of $33M Murchison Road upgrades
- The Fayetteville Observer, “When is the DOT planning to widen Murchison Road?”
- The Fayetteville Observer, “’It’s a big hectic’: What’s being done about Spring Lake traffic”
- Preliminary Engineering – 2021
- Right-of-Way Acquisitions – 2023
- Utilities – 2023
- Construction – 2025
An estimated 135 parcels of property will be affected by this project. For homeowners and business owners in the path of construction, remember that the government’s initial offer should be the beginning of negotiations. We do not recommend you accept the initial offer.
Get a free case
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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