US 221 Widening


Fast Facts

Project # R-2915
Type: Widening
Affected Counties: Watauga, Ashe
Estimated Cost: $154,710,928


This project proposes to widen 16.1 miles of U.S. 221 (currently a two-lane road) to a four-lane divided highway. The project will begin at US 421 in Deep Gap and end at the U.S. 221 Business/NC 88 intersection in Jefferson.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the main purposes of this project are to improve the traffic flow and reduce crash rates.

The project is divided into five different sections and plans to begin with sections A, B and D.

The NCDOT has budgeted roughly $34 million for right-of-way acquisitions, $2 million for utilities and $118 for construction.

Here’s a video of our recent interview with the Mountain Television Network on this project:



Right-of-Way Acquisition

  • Sections A/B – July 2013
  • Section C – April 2014
  • Section D – September 2013
  • Section E – after 2023


  • Sections A/B – July 2015
  • Section C – February 2017
  • Section D – September 2015
  • Section E -after 2023

Property Takings

The NCDOT reports that 70 residents and 33 businesses will be forced to relocate, in addition to those who will lose portions of their property. Right-of-way acquisitions are scheduled to begin in July 2013.

If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys for a free case evaluation.

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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.

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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
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