Street-Widening Project Planned for Greenville

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Officials in Greenville, North Carolina hope their plans to widen Evans Street from two lanes to four lanes will help correct traffic problem in town. Unfortunately, some residents are likely to lose private land as part of the project. A detailed article on the proposal is available here. A roadway-improvement plan currently under development in…

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Durham City Council Approves Light Rail Project

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After several hours of public comments from concerned citizens, the Durham City Council recently voted unanimously to rezone parts of suburban southwest Durham for the construction of a Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility. The facility supports the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project. An article on the discussion regarding this North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)…

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Mountain Valley Applies for New Gas Pipeline


Developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline have applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a 73-mile extension of their natural gas pipeline—MVP Southgate—into North Carolina. A detailed article on the project is available here. About MVP Southgate MVP Southgate is a proposed underground pipeline that would provide natural gas to more than 563,000 customers…

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NCDOT’s I-440 Makeover to Impact Landowners

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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…

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Stoneville, North Carolina Passes Measure to Oppose the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Mountain Valley Pipeline

In the small North Carolina town of Stoneville, the local government has passed a resolution expressing their opposition to a proposed extension of a natural gas pipeline—becoming the second local government to do so. A detailed article on their opposition appears here. The Proposed Project MVP Southgate—an extension of the Mountain Valley Pipeline—intends to add…

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Temporary Construction Easements: What They Mean For Business Owners


In the recent North Carolina Court of Appeals opinion of NC Department of Transportation v. Butmataji LLC, the court upheld the trial judge in a case where the court restricted an appraiser from testifying about lost income as a result of a temporary construction easement. Instead, the court directed that for temporary construction easements the…

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Work Underway to Extend Military Cutoff Road to I-140

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Construction crews are working on the extension slated to connect Military Cutoff Road to Interstate 140 despite a history of challenges. A detailed article on the project is available here. The future six-lane road project—an expansion designed to ease traffic on Market Street—was first envisioned over 20 years ago. The goal is to provide better…

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NCDOT, Planning Board Propose Renaming Hampstead Bypass as N.C. 417

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On Wednesday, May 23, 2018; members of the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) board and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) discussed a current proposal to label the Hampstead Bypass and Military Cutoff Road Extension as “N.C. 417” rather than the “U.S. 17 Bypass.” The highway number will avoid confusion in several…

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