North Carolina Eminent Domain Lawyers

NC 181 Road Widening

Fast Facts

Project# U-5836
Type: Raod Widening
Affected Counties: Burke
Estimated Cost: $10,900,000


The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to widen a one-mile section of NC 181 (North Green Street) between Clay Street and St. Mary’s Church Road in Burke County. The project will include bike lanes – as part of the Mountain-to-Sea and Piedmont Spur Trails.

The purpose of construction is to improve safety conditions and increase mobility along NC 181, which is the main road from Morganton in Burke County to Newland in Avery County. It is also a route through the Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains.


MapsNC 181 Road Widening Eminent Domain Project Map


  • Right-of-way acquisition – 2018
  • Begin construction – 2020
  • End construction – 2023

Property Takings

It is estimated that more than 35 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently, the NCDOT has set aside $1,000,000 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.