US 21 Road Widening
NCDOT TIP # U-5799
Project Type: Road widening
Affected Counties: Iredell
Estimated Cost: $ 23,083,000
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will be widening a 0.8-mile stretch of US 21 into a multilane road from Pump Station Road (SR 1933) to north of Fort Dobbs Road in Statesville, NC.
However, when deciding which direction to expand US 21, the NCDOT had to choose between widening to the east or widening to the west. Expanding to the west required the relocation of 23 residents and three businesses and was estimated to cost $35,228,000. Expanding to the east required 12 residents, 14 businesses, and one church to move and was estimated to cost $45,940,000. Ultimately, the NCDOT chose to expand to the west.
NCDOT spokeswoman Jen Thompson said, “We will continue to seek opportunities to possibly minimize impacts where feasible as we continue design work in order to avoid unnecessary right of way impacts and relocations.” However, the residents affected by this road widening have a different outlook. One homeowner off of US 21 said, “It’s going to be a hassle to move. We don’t wanna move. We’ve settled here.”
- Right-of-way acquisition – Summer 2020
- Start Construction – Late 2021
- End Construction – TBD
It is estimated that more than 50 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $4,180,000 for right-of-way takings. If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys (three of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation.