A survey to assess eminent domain needs for an extension of FM 149 to Hwy. 249 was approved at the Oct. 10 Montgomery County Toll Road Authority meeting.

What’s happening?

As part of a plan to build a 3.45-mile extension of FM 149, Montgomery County has begun assessing right of way and property needs to execute the project. The county engineer’s office has been authorized to begin a survey of properties up for eminent domain to make room for the project’s preliminary design.

What residents should know

Eminent domain is a process that allows governmental entities to use private property for public use if a great enough need is identified. Bruce Berger, chief of staff for the Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, said the survey could take two weeks or longer to complete.

The project

According to previous Community Impact reporting, the project will consist of a four-lane highway extending FM 149 and directly connecting to Hwy. 249. The project will also consist of a new bridge at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad crossing and over Lake Creek.