The NCDOT proposes to widen NC 73 from two lanes to four lanes between NC 115 (Old Statesville Road) and U.S. 20 (Concord Parkway North). Planning, design, and construction of the widening will be completed as two separate projects, listed as R-2632AB and R-5706 in the NC STIP.
This page describes Project R-5706 which involves widening 10.9 miles of NC 73 from Davidson-Concord Road in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) in Cabarrus County. The highway will be widened from two lanes to four lanes.
According to the NCDOT, the primary purpose of proposed Project R-5706 is to:
- Increase mobility between Davidson-Concord Road and I-85 and between U.S. 29 and I-85, reduce congestion at the intersections
- Improve traffic along NC 73
- Provide bicycle and pedestrian facilities such as multi-use paths, sidewalks, and bicycle lanes
The NCDOT evaluated four different alternatives for Project R-5706 and selected Alternative 1 (Modified) as the Preferred Alternative. Alternative 1 (Modified) entails widening NC 73 from two lanes to four lanes from Davidson-Concord Road to U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) and building a bridge adjacent to the south of the existing causeway over Howell Reservoir.
R-5706 also proposes reduced conflict intersections at the following intersections: Davidson-Concord Road, Poplar Tent Road, Odell School Road and Winecoff School Road. In addition, the project includes a grade separation and quadrant intersection at Kannapolis Parkway and bowtie intersections at International Drive NW and Central Drive NW.
The NCDOT held a public meeting to inform the public of the project on Monday, January 27, 2020. Property takings are targeted to begin in FY2024 with construction projected to begin in FY2026.
Property owners along the project’s 10.9 mile path may be worried about the damage it could do to their homes, land, and businesses. If your residence, property, and/or business will be affected by this road widening project, it’s time to act now. It’s been our experience that the NCDOT’s first offer may not be their best offer. Contact an experienced North Carolina eminent domain attorney handling NC 73 widening cases in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg Counties to help you seek maximum compensation.
This is a significant project for the NCDOT with over a quarter of a billion dollars expected to be spent on property acquisition, utility work and construction combined. $1,350,000 has already been spent on preliminary work and designs for the project. The NCDOT has budgeted $77,000,000 for right of way (property acquisitions), $2,600,000 for utility work, and $171,600,000 for construction.
While we understand that many people may look forward to the proposed reduction in congestion and accidents, many others may have their lives and business disrupted when the NCDOT takes their land to widen this corridor. You have the right to be fairly compensated if your property is taken by the NCDOT. Do not stand by idly and accept their first offer without learning more.
If the NCDOT is taking your property in Cabarrus or Mecklenburg Counties as part of the NC 73 Widening Project, call us at 1-877-393-4990 or contact us online for a free case evaluation. We have a no-cost guarantee – you won’t pay us anything unless we collect an increased offer for your property. And then, our fee only applies to the increase we can negotiate for you. It’s a win-win situation.