US 321 Road Widening
Project # U-4700 (and U-4700A)
Type: Road Widening
Affected Counties: Catawba, Caldwell, Burke
Estimated Cost: $288.3 million
NCDOT TIP # U-4700 Project Description
Under NCDOT Project # U-4700, the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to widen a 13.9-mile corridor of US 321 to a six-lane median-divided superstreet. Road widening construction will occur from north of the US 70 interchange in Hickory to the Southwest Boulevard interchange in Lenoir. Other towns along the path of construction include Granite Falls, Sawmills, and Hudson.
Widening is deemed necessary due to current traffic congestion, which is projected to become much worse over the next 20 years as area travel and population increase.
Because The NCDOT has determined that the superstreet street concept helps increase time savings for drivers, improve safety, decrease congestion, and works particularly well on heavily traveled routes, such as US 321, this concept was chosen as the new street design. Superstreets redirect side-street traffic, which can help reduce accidents caused by traffic traveling straight through or turning left at a divided highway. To enter a superstreet from a side street or driveway, traffic must turn right, and then make a U-turn if the desired direction was left.
Additionally, four interchanges or interchange conversions are planned for:
- 13th Street SW
- Clement Boulevard/Old Lenoir Road
- Grace Chapel Road
- Falls Avenue
The entire 13.9-mile NCDOT Project (U-4700) will be built in four phases:
- Section A – 4.6 miles from US 70 to US 321 Alternate (see below for Section A details)
- Section B – 5.6 miles from US 321 Alternate to Mission Road
- Section C – 3.7 miles from Mission Road to Southwest Boulevard
- Section CA – US 321/Mount Herman Road intersection
Map of U-4700 (Includes Section A,B, C, CA)
U-4700A Project Description
Project Type: Road widening (superstreet design)
Affected County: Catawba
Estimated Cost: $145,700,000
Section A will affect a 4.6-mile stretch of US 321 from US 70 to US 321 Alternate and will include a new interchange at Grace Chapel Road.
- Right-of-way acquisition – 2017
- Start Construction – 2021
Property Takings U-4700A
More than 100 parcels of land will be affected by Section A (U-4700A) construction. Currently the NCDOT has set aside approximately $45,000,000 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.