Eminent Domain: Hilliard Plans Scioto Darby and Leppert Road Project

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The City of Hilliard is planning to improve sections of Scioto Darby and Leppert Roads. It is possible that eminent domain would be used to acquire the rights-of-way needed for construction.

The planned improvements would enhance pedestrian and bicycle mobility in addition to increasing safety and traffic flow.

The City held a public meeting on January 14, 2014 to discuss the design alternatives for this project as well as design alternatives for the adjacent Municipal Park pathways Project. Two alternatives were presented to the public and citizens are permitted to submit comments. One alternative would provide dual southbound left turn lanes on Leppert Road and a roundabout at Veterans Memorial Drive and Scioto Darby Road. The second alternative would provide a single southbound left turn lane on Leppert Road, and roundabouts at both Leppert Road and Scioto Darby Road and Veterans Memorial Drive and Scioto Darby Road. Both alternatives propose the addition of off-street multi-use paths along Scioto Darby Road and Leppert Road for use by pedestrians and “casual” bicyclists.

The City anticipates a final design for the project in 2014, followed by land acquisition and utility relocation. Construction is tentatively planned to begin in 2016.

If you own property in the construction area, you may be notified by the City of Hilliard that a right of way on your property will be needed. If this occurs, you are entitled to receive fair compensation.  The Ohio eminent domain attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List can help you protect your rights.