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Nor Shall Private Property Be Taken For Public Use, Without Just Compensation
- The 5th Amendment, U.S. Constitution

City of Union seeks help MoDOT for proposed Highway 47 projects

The City of Union is looking for more help from the Missouri Department of Transportation on dealing with Highway 47 project. The city of Union is currently working with Franklin County, and MoDOT’s planned improvements of a 12.7-mile stretch of Highway 47 from Washington, south through Union, to St. Clair. The Ward 2 Alderman said he would like to see the city reach out more and for MoDOT to be more open, so that the two projects could enhance each other, instead of conflict with each other.

Union City Mayor, Bob Schmuke, said the city is limited in what it can do with MoDOT. “I don’t think we could know that until we know exactly what they’re doing (with Highway 47).

MoDOT does not know what improvements it will be making or exactly where they will be made on the route, it did provide a timeline for the project, with public engagement and community outreach in summer 2024, while working on alternative designs and concepts throughout 2024. In winter and spring of 2025, MoDOT will have meetings on the chosen design and it will start building the project in late 2027 or early 2028

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What Are My Rights?

Many property owners do not realize they have a right to compensation for transmission line easements. If even a portion of their property needs to be used by Grain Belt Express, owners are entitled under the Constitution to receive just compensation.

Just compensation includes not only the value of the property lost to electric utilities, but also damage done to the remaining property. Property owners should consult an attorney before signing any documents effecting their property. Attorneys at Denlow & Henry provide an initial consultation at no charge to a property owner.

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