Eminent Domain: Columbus Plans Lazelle Road Improvements

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Plans by the City of Columbus to widen and improve Lazelle Road are currently in the design stage. If the City is unable to purchase all the rights-of-way needed for this project, eminent domain could be used to acquire the property.

Current plans call for widening Lazelle Road from two to five lanes between approximately Flint Road and Sancus Boulevard. In addition, Old State Road would be relocated and a roundabout would be constructed at the intersection of Lazelle and Old State Roads Plans also include construction of sidewalks on the south side of Lazelle and construction of a shared-use path on the north side of Lazelle Road.

The estimated cost of the construction project is approximately $29.3 million including $5.275 million allocated for design and right-of-way acquisition.

The design stage of the project is scheduled for completion by autumn of 2014. Right-of-way acquisition and utilities relocation is estimated to occur between June 2015 and June 2016. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016, subject to obtaining funding.

If you are a property owner in the project area, you may receive notification from the City of Columbus that it requires a right-of-way across your property. You are entitled to receive fair compensation for your property. You do not have to accept any amount offered to you by the City of Columbus. If your property is impacted by this construction project, contact the Ohio eminent domain attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List.