US 701 Bypass Widening
NCDOT TIP # R-5020 A and B
Project Type: Road Widening
Affected Counties: Columbus
Estimated Cost: $ 48,958,000
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is planning to widen US 701 Bypass (JK Powell Blvd.) in Whiteville. Widening is considered to be necessary to help keep traffic moving, improve safety, and help this area become more pedestrian friendly.
The project has been divided into two parts – A and B.
The 3.05-mile stretch from Southwood Road to Virgil Street will be widened to accommodate a median along much of the length. Further, from Radio Station Road to Virgil Street, the road will be widened by two additional lanes.
The 2.28-mile stretch from Virgil Street to US-74/76 will become a Superstreet design, thereby limiting the number of left turns, which are considered hazardous. Because the superstreet design limits left turns, some along this route have expressed concerns that this limitation will prevent customers from easily turning into and out of local businesses, among other problems.
Both projects will include 23-foot-wide medians and sidewalks on both sides.
Schedule Parts A and B
- Right-of-way acquisition – Early 2018
- Start Construction – 2020
- End Construction – 2022
It is estimated that more than 80 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $5,250,000 for right-of-way takings.
It is estimated that more than 90 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $5,750,000 for right-of-way takings.
If your property will be affected by either of these projects, contact one of our attorneys (four of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation.