Indian Trail neighbors fighting NCDOT plan for 'super street'

An Indian Trail woman is fighting for the land passed down to her by her grandfather.

Beverly Jones says NCDOT wants to put in a super street along Old Charlotte Highway which would transform part of her land into a U-turn area for drivers, and she’s calling on her neighbors to take action.

"Come forward and speak out because now is the time to speak out."

She's standing up and speaking out for the land that's been in her family since 1950.

"This property was given to us by my grandfather. It will be passed on to my sister, her two girls, my great niece and great nephew."

The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to expand Old Charlotte Highway into a 4-lane super street. It would have U-turn areas. One of them is planned for a chunk of Beverly Jones' property.

"If the super street is installed, they will not get to enjoy the property as me and my sister did growing up as children," said Jones.

She is not the only one upset over the proposed road.

"The emails and the phone calls, what I see on the social media pages, is that the residents don't like the road," said Indian Trail Mayor Michael Alvarez.

The Mayor says he's worried about school traffic.

"My concern is putting the super street and only right turns near the school cluster here. In the morning, you're adding teenage drivers, school buses, tractor trailers, and people going to the shopping centers."

NCDOT says Jones and other property owners still have time to contact the project planner at 980-262-6257. Once a final path is set, the department says land owners will receive a notice. Those are expected to go out later this year, according to NCDOT.

 

Here’s the response we received from NCDOT:

“We always accept public input with project suggestions up until the time the plans are finalized (…) We can’t always accommodate every request, but we strive to make project impacts as little as possible. It depends on the scope of the project and the specific roadway needs.

Once a final path is set, there is a final determination of what additional property, if any, is needed. Then the DOT would contact the affected property owners to begin the process (we anticipate that will start later this year). An appraisal is done, with the property owner welcome to be a part of the inspection of the property to provide any additional information about its value.

The DOT will determine what it believes is a fair market offer for the property needed. The owner can make a counter proposal, just like any real estate deal, and ideally they will be able to negotiate a settlement.

You can see how the process goes at here.