Killeen Highway 190 Expansion Details Begin to Emerge

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 24-Oct-2011

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Although officials say that the expansion of U.S. Highway 190 between the Fort Hood Main Gate and WS Young Drive will provoke minimal private property acquisitions, they still note that there may be some properties affected, according to a Killeen Daily Herald article.

Prospective locations affected include areas surrounding Jasper Rd., Lydia and 2nd streets. While the specific properties that the expansion could potentially disturb have not been revealed, officials say surveyors with the transportation department will continue working to reveal land necessary for completing the project.

For public projects like Texas highway expansion, government officials often complete a process called eminent domain, in which they obtain private property by offering compensation and sometimes filing court action when negotiation efforts are not successful. As the process of eminent domain progresses, the government must provide adequate proof that fair negotiations took place and an agreement between the property owner and the government could not be reached.

If the process is approved, the proposed fair market value of the property is established and offered to owners.

Condemnation occurs when the property is actually taken, and ownership is transferred to the government for public use.

Despite monetary offerings, business, property and home owners must use the payment for any liens, mortgages or other payments that are tied to the property, making it difficult for some to establish business or ownership elsewhere. In addition, the value of properties in question may be much less than owners paid to obtain it or what they can use to seek ownership of replacement properties, placing a burden on affected home and business owners experiencing condemnation in Texas.

If you or someone you know is enduring the process of eminent domain or condemnation in Texas, call our eminent domain attorneys in Killeen, Austin, San Antonio and statewide Texas at 888-335-7492, contact us online or visit one of the 11 locations for our eminent domain law firm in Texas for a free consultation today. Our experienced attorneys will help you seek fair compensation for your property, business or home during the process of condemnation. We care. We can help.

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