Improvements at U.S. 17 and Smith Avenue, Shallotte, Brunswick County

Shawn Evans, partner with The Law Group, attended the most recent DOT Public Hearing for construction planned at the Smith Avenue and U.S. 17 Interchange in Shallotte, NC (U-5862).  At this time the Department has selected a “preferred alternative”  for construction and announced they plan to begin right of way acquisition in the Fall of…

Independence Boulevard to be Extended

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is currently planning a proposal to extend Independence Boulevard approximately 1.7 miles from the Randall Parkway Intersection to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway (U.S. 74).  Based on its current schedule, the Department plans to host an initial public hearing sometime this calendar year to discuss proposed plans.  This project…

Permanent Utility Easements

Permanent Utility Easements: In eminent domain and condemnation cases a common form of taking is a permanent utility easement.  It has become common practice for the Department of Transportation to acquire easements for public utilizes including water/sewer lines and easements for electric utilities.  When these takings occur the property owner still owns the underlying land,…

Intersection of U.S. Highway 17 and Old Maplehurst Road (Onslow County; U-5735)

Intersection of U.S. Highway 17 and Old Maplehurst Road (Onslow County; U-5735) The Department of Transportation has scheduled a public hearing for this project on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Center for Public Safety (200 Marine Blvd., Jacksonville). The current plans for this project will convert  the current intersection…

Local DOT Project – Hampstead Bypass

Hampstead Bypass Public Meeting for Hampstead Bypass disappoints some – WECT 6 TV HAMPSTEAD, NC (Source: WECT) Pender County held a public drop-in session to present more information on the Hampstead Bypass project Tuesday, but some community members were disappointed with the lack of updates. The meeting included current project timelines, designs, and funding for the Hampstead Bypass, but…