Court ruling means clearer road ahead for widening

| Tuesday, December 24, 2002

The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that the state's Transportation Agency does not have to do a land survey before starting to condemn land for public use, The Burlington Free Press reported recently.

The ruling makes it more likely the state will be able to reconstruct U.S. 7, state transportation planners told the newspaper. The surveys had been demanded by a number of property owners who would be affected by the road-widening project.

The decision clears away one of the last hurdles blocking the reconstruction, Richard Ranaldo, project manager for the widening, told the newspaper. Work could begin by spring on the road project, which has been discussed and delayed since the 1980s.

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