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.


overpass military cutoff
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.

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evaluation today.

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.

Here’s how it works:

1) Tell us about your situation.

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
pressure or obligation to hire us after.

But please don’t wait to act. Waiting can hurt your case, and the cost is the same: free.

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