US 74 Widening

Fast Facts

NCDOT Project # U-5764
Project Type:
 Road Widening
Project Length
: 3.9 miles
Affected Counties: Union
Condemning Authority:

Estimated Affected Parcels: 140+ parcels

Estimated Total Project Cost: $81,172,000

Estimated Right-of-Way Funds: $24,501,000


As part of a larger effort to upgrade the heavily traveled US 74 corridor, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to widen a 3.9-mile stretch of US 74 from Dickerson Boulevard (NC200)/Secrest Shortcut Road to Rocky River Road (SR 1007) at the western end of the City of Monroe. Currently this stretch is a four-lane, median-divided highway, and the NCDOT proposes to widen it to six lanes.

The four-lane road will become six lanes with a median, curb, gutter, and sidewalks.

Because US 74 is a heavily traveled corridor with commercial, social, and recreational uses, these changes are part of a larger effort to try to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety, as well as plan for increased levels of traffic in the future. Changes will also allow for improved pedestrian safety by creating shorter and more frequent crosswalks.

The corridor will be constructed in a boulevard-style with 12-foot inside travel lanes, 14-foot outside lanes to accommodate bicyclists, sidewalks, and a 23-foot raised grass median.

Business and Home Owner Concerns

Many neighborhoods and businesses line US 74 along the project path – some already quite close to the road. With the accompanying drainage and utility work, plus accommodations for pedestrian and cyclist traffic, property owners may find themselves uncomfortably close to more traffic and more noise, and businesses may find their parking lots and access negatively impacted.

This part of the project has a projected budget of more than $80 million, of which the NCDOT has set aside $24.5 million to compensate affected property owners.

If your property, business, or residence is affected by the US 74 Widening Project, don’t wait for the NCDOT to come knocking! Call us right now at 1-877-393-4990 or contact us online for a free case evaluation. Ask about our no-fee guarantee – our clients pay us nothing unless we collect for them!

What to Do if Your Property Is Affected

The NCDOT will set aside significant funds for right-of-way acquisition over the course of this project, and then it will do its best not to spend it all. Property owners in the path of Project # U-5764 will receive offers, but if they accept that initial offer, they’re probably leaving money on the table. You don’t have to accept the NCDOT’s initial offer.

You have the right to just compensation. The NCDOT’s initial offer is just the beginning – as long as you do not accept it. Fight for more. Call 1-877-393-4990 or contact us as soon as possible for a complimentary case evaluation.

We do not take an attorney’s fee unless we increase the government’s offer, and our fee only comes from the increased amount. The initial offer is entirely yours regardless of what you do next or what we may be able to obtain. Proving your property’s worth is often very expensive, so we front the costs of fighting your case. If we’re unable to increase the government’s offer to you, you pay nothing at all. That is how confident we are that we can assist you if we take your case.


Estimated Project Schedule

  • Right-of-way acquisition – Summer 2024
  • Start Construction – 2028

Affected Parcels

It is estimated that more than 140 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $24,501,000 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. Since we’ve been in business, we’ve helped our clients get on average more than 3x their initial offer.1

We want to help you fight for the most compensation you may deserve.

Get a free case
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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