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 access to expanding neighborhoods in coastal Pender and northeastern New Hanover Counties—as well as increase overall traffic capacity in anticipation of other large development projects coming to the corridor.
Private Land Taken for Public Use
At a cost of approximately $135 million, the four-mile-long highway project required the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to acquire nearly 200 properties. Attorney David Henson of Henson Fuerst notes:
“Our firm has been representing property owners affected by the Military Cutoff and Hampstead Bypass projects—which link at I-40—for more than three years. We currently represent more than 30 property owners who have filed suit against the NC Department of Transportation under the Map Act litigation which challenges the state’s use of Transportation Corridor Official Maps. Acquisition and construction of the Military Cutoff in New Hanover County started first. The DOT has recently started acquiring parcels of the Hampstead Bypass in Pender County effective July 2018. We continue adding additional property owners to our ongoing litigation against the state.”
The North Carolina Map Act—passed in 1987 and later repealed— prevented owners from making improvements to private land near new proposed highways in an attempt to keep acquisition costs low. The Map Act is now subject to 500 lawsuits filed by private landowners.
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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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