NCDOT’s I-440 Makeover to Impact Landowners
Recently, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarded a contract to repair and upgrade a stretch of I-440 that has seen little improvement since it was first built around 1960. A detailed article on the project—and its potential impact on landowners—is available here.
NCDOT expects construction to begin in late spring or early summer of 2019 and focus on the section running from Walnut Street in Cary and Wade Avenue in Raleigh. Construction is expected to impact properties located near North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
NCDOT engineers acknowledge this piece of I-440 is the oldest section of the Beltline—noting narrow shoulders and bridges that require replacement. They also state the existing corridor will be widened from four lanes to six. Other issues NCDOT plans to address include:
- The left-lane entrance to I-440 from Western Boulevard
- Replacement of the tunnel at Ligon Street with a bridge
- Shifting Blue Ridge Road underneath Hillsborough Street
Potentially Serious Impacts
Engineers from NCDOT suggest private landowners will feel an impact. While NCDOT has met with Meredith College, North Carolina State University, and other stakeholders; they state landowners will receive one-on-one communications from NCDOT’s right-of-way agents as plans begin to finalize. They have not ruled-out land seizure through eminent domain as a possibility.
About Right-of-Way Agents
Right-of-way agents keep written logs of all conversations with landowners in negotiation diaries. This set of records tracks all communications related to a claim, including:
- Dates & Times of Property Visits
- Phone & In-Person Communications
- Offers Made on Your Property
- Counter-Offers You Made
- Observations on Your Attitude
- Other Details They Can Articulate
If a condemnation claim goes to court, the negotiation diary can be used against landowners. For anyone who faces land condemnation in North Carolina, protect your rights by contacting a land condemnation and eminent domain attorney who can work directly with the right-of-way agent.
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If your land, home, or business is affected by any type of land condemnation; call Henson Fuerst at 866-821-3146 for a FREE CONSULTATION. An experienced eminent domain and land condemnation lawyer will speak with you and answer all of your questions. At Henson Fuerst, we will explain your options—and stand with you every step of the way in fighting to protect your rights to the fair and just compensation you may deserve.
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