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

Route 231, Telegraph Road, St. Louis County, Missouri

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is proposing the following improvements along Route 231, Telegraph Road, in South St. Louis County, Missouri. Five lanes (two in each direction with a center turn lane) between Franru Lane and Kingston Drive with a buffered bike lane.

There was a public meeting on Tuesday, November 14 and after the public meeting, the conceptual design may be adjusted based on comments from the public. At that time, the department will start working with property owners along the corridor to discuss any needed easements or property.

Construction is estimated to begin in 2026.

Route 231 Telegraph Road Project Map

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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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