North Carolina Eminent Domain Lawyers

NC 51 Widening

Fast Facts

NCDOT TIP # U-5763
Project Type:
 Road Widening 
Affected Counties:
Estimated Cost: $


In an effort to decrease traffic congestion along Matthews Township Parkway (NC 51) in Matthews, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to widen and improve approximately one mile of the road between Sardis Road and Monroe Road/W. John Street. The current four-lane roadway will become six lanes with a sidewalk along the westbound lane and a shared use path along the eastbound.

The widened road will also include a raised median and intersection improvements at Monroe Road/W. John Street, Fullwood Lane, and Sardis Road. A partial continuous flow intersection (CFI) will be constructed at the intersection of Matthews Township Parkway and Monroe Road/W. John Street.

What is a Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI)?

A continuous flow intersection (CFI), or “displaced left turn intersection,” allows traffic to travel more efficiently through an intersection by increasing traffic flow and enhancing safety. A CFI allows left-turning traffic to move simultaneously by shifting left turning traffic to the outside edges of the road. This shift allows through traffic to move through the intersection simultaneously and increases the number of cars that can travel through the intersection in a single traffic light cycle.



NC 51 Widening Eminent Domain Project Map

Continuous Flow Intersection Rendering (courtesy of NCDOT)


  • Right-of-way acquisition – 2019
  • Start Construction – 2021
  • End Construction – 2021

Property Takings

It is estimated that more than 80 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $1,800,000 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.