NC 132 / College Road Improvements


NCDOT Project #: U-5702A
Type: Improvements
Project Length: ~2.7 miles
Affected Counties: New Hanover
Condemning Authority: NCDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 30+
Estimated Cost: $36,528,000
Right-of-Way Funds: $15,149,000


N.C. Route 132, known locally as College Road, is becoming a priority for the NCDOT, which has multiple projects planned for the corridor. This project will cover the approximately 2.7-mile section of College Road between New Centre Drive and Shipyard Boulevard in Wilmington.

Plans are to widen the road from two lanes to three lanes in each travel direction. In addition, NCDOT will add turn and through lanes along the project path – specifically turn lanes at Randall Parkway and Wrightsville Avenue. It will add a concrete median and some offset left turn lanes, which aim to keep traffic flowing safely. However, more lanes and offsets mean more land will be necessary for the improvements to be made.

Business and Homeowner Concerns

Residential and commercial landowners along the project path will see their properties shrink or be irrevocably altered to accommodate the additional roadway and right-of-way. Depending on what NCDOT needs, there is potential for both homeowners and businesses to suffer significant losses to this project.

Residential owners may find traffic uncomfortable close and may be in danger of having their homes rendered nonconforming. Businesses may lose parking, access, or may also suffer from non-conformance after the taking. Even the tiniest taking could cause tremendous problems and result in significant loss of value or use.

There may also be construction easements taken that are “temporary” may in fact last for years. Property owners should also be extremely vigilant for damage via inverse condemnation.

What to Do if Your Property Is Affected

The NCDOT can take your land, but not your rights. The government will set aside significant funds for right-of-way acquisition over the course of this project, and then do their best not to spend it all. Property owners in the path of the project will receive offers, but if they accept that initial offer, they’re probably leaving money on the table.

You have the right to just compensation. The NCDOT’s initial offer is just the beginning – as long as you do not accept it. Fight for more. Call 1-877-393-4990 or contact us as soon as possible for a complimentary case evaluation.

We do not take an attorney’s fee unless we increase the government’s offer, and our fee only comes from the increased amount – our no fee guarantee. The initial offer is entirely yours regardless of what you do next or what we may be able to obtain. Further, we front the costs of fighting your case and if we’re unable to increase the government’s offer to you, you don’t pay them. We do. That is how confident we are that we can assist you.

News and Publications

Port City Daily

Port City Daily

Project Maps

NC 132 College Road Improvements Map 1

NC 132 College Road Improvements Map 2

Estimated Project Schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – 2028

Start Construction – 2030

End Construction – 2032

Affected Parcels

It is still unclear how many properties and owners will be affected by the N.C. Route 132 improvement project in New Hanover County, but it is estimated that more than 30 parcels will be affected. The project will include a budget of about $15 million for right-of-way takings, but that number may change as plans continue to be developed. It’s cold comfort for property owners in the path who have no choice but to sell some or all of it to the government. Whether your property is residential or commercial in nature, it is critical to understand that the government’s initial offer is just that – initial. We do not recommend you accept the initial offer.

Call us at 1-877-393-4990 or contact us online as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.

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