Eminent Domain in Delaware May Result From Multiple Projects

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With projections of a triple digit population increase between 1990 and 2030, Delaware County is forecast to be the fastest growing county in the State of Ohio. In an effort to keep pace with the population boom, Delaware County and cities within the county, such as Westerville, plan numerous road construction projects – all of which pose the potential of future eminent domain proceedings to obtain the rights-of-way and easements necessary for completion of those projects.

Among the projects in the planning stages are:

  • South Old State Road, south of Polaris Parkway to north of Orange Road. South Old State Road would be widened from 3 to 5 lanes, and 10 ft wide multi-use paths would be constructed.
  • Worthington Road Connector. A new 3-lane roadway is planned from County Line Road to Polaris Parkway, including an extension of Worthington Road to the east from where it meets Olde Worthington Road connecting with a north-south roadway between Polaris Parkway and County Line Road via a roundabout just east of Taylor way.
  • Polaris Parkway from Interstate 71 to Olde Worthgton Road, widening from 4 to 6 lanes and widening south leg of Orion Place to provide two left turn lanes onto westbound Polaris Parkway and realignment of Orion Place.
  • Glen Road Phase II. A new 4 lane highway from north of Cheshire Road to Berlin station Road.
  • State Route 750 from Wellington Boulevard to Sawmill Parkway would be widened from 2 to 5 lanes. Northbound dual left turn lanes would be constructed at Sawmill Parkway at SR 750, southbound Sawmill Parkway would be widened at the intersection with SR 750 and multi-use pathways would be added.
  • County Road 124 Home Road west of U.S. 23 would be realigned, intersection would be relocated to allow approach from the west to the south.
  • Sunbury Road from County Line Road to Maxtown Road would be widened from 2 to 3 lanes. Sidewalks and multi-use paths would be added and extended.
  • U.S. 36 East William Street from Lewis Street to East Central Avenue would be widened from 2 to 3 lanes.
  • South Old 3C Highway from Mt. Royal Avenue to Big Walnut Road would be widened from 2 to 3 lanes, with reconstruction and possible widening at the intersections.

Residents and others using the roadways in Delaware County certainly recognize the need to ease congestion on the highways. More people mean more cars and accommodations for increased traffic must be made. While individual property owners cannot stand in the way of necessary progress, landowners whose property lies in the pathway of planned construction improvements have the right to receive fair market value for their property. The Ohio eminent domain attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List represent property owners in these situations. If you own property and have been notified by any governmental authority of its intent to take your property for a public purpose, contact Clark, Perdue & List at once.