North Carolina Eminent Domain Lawyers

US 74 (Eastwood Rd) Improvements

Fast Facts

NCDOT TIP # U-5710 & U-5710A
Project Type:
Intersection Improvements
Affected County:
New Hanover
Estimated Cost:


The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to make changes to the intersection at Eastwood Road (US 74) and Military Cutoff Road (US 76/US 17).

What is currently an at-grade intersection will be converted to an interchange, or more specifically, a bridge with two quadrants at Commonwealth and Drysdale drives. Drysdale Drive will be extended from Military Cutoff Road to Eastwood Road.  The left-turning traffic will divert to the new Drysdale Drive Extension, or to the widened Commonwealth Drive, while through traffic on Eastwood and Military Cutoff will be free-flowing.

The NCDOT asserts that these proposed improvements will help alleviate traffic congestion and enhance the traffic-carrying capacity and operation of this intersection.


DOT Chooses Option To Ease Military Cutoff, Eastwood Roads Congestion

Businesses unsure how Eastwood Road interchange will affect them

Now that the major Military Cutoff projects have been approved, major road work lies ahead

Eastwood and Military Cutoff interchange plans altered, meeting set


NCDOT rendering of proposed overpass at Military Cutoff and Eastwood Road in Wilmington
NCDOT rendering of proposed overpass at Military Cutoff and Eastwood Road in Wilmington.

US 74 map


  • Right-of-way acquisition – 2019
  • Start construction – 2021
  • End construction – 2024

Property Takings

It is estimated that more than 60 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $6,905,000 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.