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The Interstate 81 Viaduct to Begin in Fall of 2022

The formal record of decision for the Interstate 81 viaduct project in Syracuse has been signed, Gov. Kathy Hochul and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday, meaning construction on the community grid project is now allowed to begin this fall. “This is a new day for the City of Syracuse, one that’s been decades in […]

PennDOT Expedites Expansion of US 219

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently expedited the expansion of U.S. 219 in Somerset County with the aid of $53 million in funding from Appalachian Program Development (APD) included in the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The project will upgrade the county’s remaining two-lane section of U.S. 219 to a four-lane, limited-access highway. This section […]

Highway 85 Expansion in North Dakota Moving Forward

Highway 85 Expansion is moving forward with purchasing property this summer. According to the Williston Herald, “The 2021 Legislature again included a $50 million loan authorization to four-lane a 10.3 mile stretch of the highway from Watford City south to the new Long X bridge.” The proposed Highway 85 project comprises approximately 62 miles of […]

The Downtown Highway 41 Project in Chaska

The City of Chaska has proposed a project to readjust lanes, elimination of street parking, and incorporating pedestrian areas throughout downtown Chaska. The objective of this project is to create a smoother ride, improve safety and accessibility along the highway between Pioneer Trail and Hwy 5 in Chaska. See a map of the project below: […]

The State Removed Access to Your Clients’ Property. Now What?

“What happens when the State removes access to your clients’ property? That property’s value and use can be drastically and negatively impacted by the removal of access. Ryan Simatic discusses the remedy, inverse condemnation, and how it can be used to compensate property owners.” Ryan Simatic, one of our eminent domain attorney’s, talks access issues […]

NYSDOT Details $5.7 Million Project to Address Dangerous Intersections Along Boulevard

The New York State Department of Transportation has proposed a $5.7 million project to reconstruct parts of a dangerous stretch of the Niagara Falls Boulevard. The areas of focus are the intersections at Ward Road and Witmer Road where vehicle accidents are frequent. On July 21, the NYSDOT revealed their plan for the project at […]

PennDOT I-83 Project in York Country is Moving Forward

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has begun notifying York County residents that their properties will be seized under eminent domain. The land will be acquisitioned as part of the Interstate 83 widening project. The $330 million project will cover five miles of the I-83 corridor and will take roughly five years to complete. In total, […]

Texas Lawmakers Pass Bill that Aims to Make the Eminent Domain Process More Transparent for Landowners

Early in July, Texas lawmakers passed a bill designed to make the process of eminent domain more accessible and transparent for property owners. Eminent domain allows government authorities and utilities to acquire private property for public interest projects like pipelines and roads. Property owners who lose land under eminent domain are supposed to be sufficiently […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court restricts damages by DOT to property owners – again.

In a recent Wisconsin Supreme Court decision, Southport Commons, LLC v. Dep’t of Trasp., the Wisconsin Supreme Court once again restricted the ability of property owners to recover damages when they are negatively impacted by state road projects. Unfortunately, I think the Court got this one wrong. But it will be up to the Legislature […]

Fullest Extent Rule in Eminent Domain

An owner must be compensated for all damage the condemnor will have a right to inflict on the property and not just for what the condemnor plans to do with the land acquired. In other words, courts must presume that condemnor will use the rights acquired to their maximum extent. This is called the Fullest […]