Fayetteville Outer Loop Project Impacts Property Owners

Lauren Atkins

The Fayetteville Outer Loop is a massive roadway project undertaken by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Overall, project engineers hope to improve the flow of traffic around Fayetteville. Another goal for the project has a military angle. The Army hopes to shut down Bragg Boulevard where it cuts straight through the heart of Fort Bragg. It is believed that closing this portion of Bragg Boulevard to civilian traffic will enhance security at the military post. Officials from the Army say that they hope they can complete this portion of the project by 2017.

The Fayetteville Outer Loop is only partially completed at this time. Several years were required for designing the loop and deciding precisely which route would be taken. In August of 2014, a 1.7 mile stretch of the loop was opened between Bragg Boulevard and Murchison Road. Now NCDOT engineers are focusing on the next portion running from Ramsey Street to the All American Freeway. When completed, the Fayetteville Outer Loop, which will one day be called Interstate 295, will completely bypass the western end of the city. It begins at I-95 just north of Fayetteville and will reconnect with I-95 near Robeson County.

Although it seems likely that the completion of the project will result in more efficient passage through and around Fayetteville, this project has been plagued by financial problems and other delays. Tough economic times have slowed it down immensely, but officials seem to have found the means to move forward with the outer loop now.

That’s good news for the Army post at Fort Bragg, but for the many citizens who live or work along the route it’s more of a mixed blessing. This massive project has already displaced dozens of homes and businesses. Before it is complete, it’s likely to affect the lives and livelihoods of many more of North Carolina’s people.

The state government may have the right to claim land in an eminent domain action, but they are also required to provide just compensation for the property they take. They must calculate just compensation based upon the highest and best use of the land they propose to condemn. Unfortunately, sometimes NCDOT representatives get it wrong.

That’s why people who have been contacted by the NCDOT or another government entity in connection with the Fayetteville Outer Loop project should reach out to the eminent domain attorneys at Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog. These dedicated practitioners can have your property independently evaluated to determine its true worth. You are not obligated to accept the first offer that the NCDOT makes. In fact, it’s rarely a good idea to accept such an offer without letting the North Carolina condemnation lawyers at CSH review it.

North Carolina eminent domain law is complicated. The government may have the right to take your property, but in doing so they must abide by the law. To make certain that they do, schedule a meeting with the practitioners at CSH.

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