NC 73 Widening

Fast Facts

Project Type:
Road widening
Project Length: almost 2 miles
Affected Counties: Mecklenburg
Condemning Authority: NCDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 110
Estimated Total Project Cost: $ 77,736,000
Estimated Right-of-Way Funds: $15,400,000



Mecklenburg County property owners on the southeast side of Lake Norman may find themselves in the path of the NCDOT. As an effort to ease traffic congestion, the NCDOT is set to widen NC Highway 73 between Beatties Ford Road and West Catawba Avenue.

The nearly 2-mile stretch is one section of a multi-part project to widen NC 73 from Lincoln County into Mecklenburg County. The current roadway for this section is predominantly two-lane, with occasional width increases to accommodate a turning lane.

NCDOT plans for the overall project call for best-fit widening to anywhere from four to six lanes along the corridor as the land and geography permits. Best-fit widening uses a combination of symmetrical (equal on both side) and asymmetrical (unequal widening on each side) widening in order to minimize environmental and human impacts.

Business and Home Owner Concerns

Many neighborhoods and business line NC 73 along the project path – some already quite close to the road. With the accompanying drainage and utility work, plus accommodations for pedestrian and cyclist traffic, property owners may find themselves uncomfortably close to more traffic and more noise, and businesses may find their parking lots and access negatively impacted.

This part of the project has a projected budget of more than $77 million, of which the NCDOT has set aside $15.4 million to compensate affected property owners.

If your property, business, or residence is affected by the NC 73 widening project, 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!

What to Do if Your Property Is Affected

The NCDOT will set aside significant funds for right-of-way acquisition over the course of this project, and then it will do its best not to spend it all. Property owners in the path of Project R-5721B will receive offers, but if they accept that initial offer, they’re probably leaving money on the table. You don’t have to accept the NCDOT’s intial offer.

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. Proving your property’s worth is often very expensive, so we front the costs of fighting your case. If we’re unable to increase the government’s offer to you, you pay nothing at all. That is how confident we are that we can assist you if we take your case.

MapsNC 73 Widening Map 1
NC 73 Widening Map 2


  • Right-of-Way Acquisitions – 2023
  • Start Construction – FY 2026
  • End Construction – FY 2030 (approx.)

Affected Parcels

It is estimated that this project will impact more than 110 parcels of property. Currently, the NCDOT has set aside $15.4 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. Since we’ve been in business, we’ve helped our clients get on average more than 3x their initial offer.1

We want to help you fight for the most compensation you may deserve.

Get a free case
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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