The Florida Department of Transportation (“FDOT”) plans to widen US 231 in Bay County. As a step in that direction, the FDOT recently released preliminary design aerials for the segment of this road widening project that begins south of US 98 and ends south of Pipeline Road. The roadway will be reconstructed to a six lane roadway and six foot sidewalks will be installed on the west side of US 231. This segment includes the planned improvements to US 98, to SR 77, and to Transmitter Road. It will also likely include improvements to East Avenue.
These design aerials indicate that the FDOT plans to acquire (by eminent domain, if needed) approximately 89 parcels of Bay County property to complete this segment of the US 231 road widening project, and to do so, the FDOT has budgeted over $114 million dollars over a three year period. In addition, the FDOT has budgeted over $3.8 million dollars for the design portion (creation of construction plans and right-of-way maps) in the current fiscal year.
Fixel & Willis – a Florida law firm that represents private property owners in eminent domain matters – has received the FDOT’s design documents and has carefully reviewed them for its affected clients. If you own Bay County property that may be acquired as part of the US 231 widening project and you have any questions or concerns about the FDOT’s potential taking of your property or Florida eminent domain law, please contact Fixel & Willis’s firm administrator, Susie Musgrove Harris, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone, toll free at (800) 848-7535.