Eminent domain starts for Blairs Lane Bridge
Placerville City Council approved the use of eminent domain to acquire property for the Blairs Lane Bridge Improvement/Replacement Project at Tuesday’s meeting.
The project, funded under a federal grant from the Highway Bridge Program, would replace the existing bridge on Blairs Lane where it crosses Hangtown Creek, bringing it up to current flood standards and city street standards. It requires right of way access as well as construction and public utility easements of property owned by Lee and Umesh Patel and the city has been unable to reach agreement with the property owners.
“The property owner is pretty much in agreement with this, but other legal matters have prevented resolution, “said City Attorney John Driscoll. “Ultimately, I believe we will be able to reach agreement, but in order to meet funding and construction time frames, we want to start eminent domain proceedings to acquire the property we need.”
The property in question is actually in the creek bed itself and along the creek bank on the western end of