If you live anywhere in Texas, you are probably fully aware that some highways and roads are consistently packed with commercial trucks and military transports, making it dangerous for the average motorist and leading to many tractor-trailer accidents. In an attempt to not only make traversing the Lone Star State safer but also to make it easier, construction crews in Texas have begun working on Interstate 14 of the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway System. Slated to go from Fort Polk in Louisiana in the east all the way to Fort Bliss in the west, preexisting roads will be patched together to form the I-14 and new paths and highways will be constructed.
Additional Planning & Eminent Domain Issues
Just because work on the Interstate 14 has begun – there are already several new or improved sections in and around Killeen and Fort Hood – does not mean the planning process is 100% completed. Currently, it is proposed that the I-14 bend south at Brady to meet up with Interstate 10, making the last leg of the journey to Fort Bliss simple and effective; after all, many supporters of the I-14’s legislation and bills that brought it to life showed approval due to its ability to ease military transportation. But having it swerve north at Brady to intersect the Interstate 20 in Midland is not off the table either. If this pathway is taken instead, oil and gas companies would have a much-more efficient route between their main oilfields and refineries and the ports in south Texas, such as Corpus Christi.
Some Texas residents are on the edge of their seats as Interstate 14 construction gears up and escalates. Without a plan finalized for the last leg of the highway, it is impossible to know if the I-14 will be carved through their private property. No matter which way the I-14 is plotted in the end, north or south, Texas State government officials will need to draft up fair eminent domain proposals to residents who currently control the land. Eminent domain is the process of the government or one of its agencies effectively seizing private property for a public project, such as a highway system, by providing compensation or payments to the original owners.
Even when the government acts with the best interests of its people in mind, eminent domain proposals and compensation offers can be notoriously low. Owners often report feeling like they are pushed aside by the state and given very little in return. If you have an eminent domain issue related to the Interstate 14 construction or any other government project, be sure to call (713) 496-0504 to request a free consultation with our Houston eminent domain attorney from McDowell Law Group LLP. For more than 30 years, our AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® lawyers have been representing people in eminent domain cases all across Texas, and we would be happy to help you secure fair compensation when the government wants to use land you rightfully own.