The SH or State Highway 31 project being built, or proposed to be built by TxDOT or Texas Department of Transportation in Smith County, Texas may affect you if you're a landowner along this route. My name is David Todd, I'm an eminent domain attorney in Austin, Texas, and we are helping people in Smith County with this particular SH 31 TxDOT project. I wanted to tell you a little bit more about it.
The project is going to widen SH 31 from a two-lane to a four-lane with opposing traffic separated by either a flush or depressed median. The median will also serve as a two-way left-turn lane from Loop 323, east to County Road 279 in Smith County. The depressed median section begins near County Road 279, continuing east to County Road 245 in Smith County. Then the road will then convert back to a flush median section from County Road 245, east to FM 1639 in Gregg County. They will be using a curb and gutter in urbanized areas and redesign the roadway alignment to improve safety and meet the current design criteria for TxDOT.
So what does all that mean for you? If you're a landowner along this route, it may mean that a Texas Department of Transportation is going to come and take your property, whether you want them to or not for this project. What can you do about it? Well, you can go to davidtoddlaw.com, download our free Texas eminent domain guide, and then contact us to see how we can protect your property and make sure you receive maximum compensation if you are affected by this project. The environmental clearance was received in the fall of 2020, and the right of way acquisition is set to begin in 2021 or 2022. So get our free guide, contact us to see how we can help.
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