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St. Louis Eminent Domain Law Blog

In an effort to keep property owners informed of redevelopment and transportation projects in Missouri, we have developed a list of projects to track information. Simply select the project from the appropriate Project Area to find information and subscribe to future updates. If a project is not listed, contact us.

Multiple Counties in Kansas and Missouri: Grain Belt Express Clean Line

Grain Belt Express Clean Line has finalized its proposed route for its electric transmission line.  In Missouri, the route is proposed to go through Buchanan County, Clinton County, Caldwell County, Carroll County, Chariton County, Randolph County, Monroe County and Ralls County.  The proposed direct current transmission lines beginning in Spearville, Kansas, and going through Missouri from approximately St. Joseph, across the north of the state to somewhere between Hannibal and Bowling Green, and continue through Illinois to Indiana, for a total of approximately 750 miles. The energy would be generated from wind power, and would be high-voltage-direct-current ("HVDC") lines. The Grain Belt Express Clean Line is a regulated public utility in Kansas and Indiana and anticipates becoming a regulated public utility in Missouri and Illinois.

Proposed Route for Grain Belt Powerline through Missouri is announced.

Clean Energy Partners has announced and published the "final" route of the proposed Grain Belt Express Powerline through Missouri.  Eight Missouri counties are affected:  Buchanan, Clinton, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Randolph, Monroe and Ralls.

Grain Belt Express Clean Line Applies for Public Utility Status in Missouri

Clean Line Energy, plans to build the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, a 750-mile long high-voltage direct-current overhead transmission line, to carry electricity generated by wind-powered generators in Kansas to the East Coast.  The company says it will cost about $2.2 billion to build the transmission line.  Of that $2.2 billion, approximately $500 million will be spent for the project in Missouri.  Towers will be 110 to 150 feet tall, and would be placed at four to six towers per mile. 

Grain Belt Express Clean Line Opposed by Landowner Group and Marion County, Missouri

The Grain Belt Express Clean Line, an approximately 750-mile long proposed high-voltage, direct current transmission line that will transmit wind energy from Kansas to the east coast, has encountered opposition from landowners, who have formed a group called "Block Grain Belt Express." 

SWEPCO's Route 109 through southern Missouri Ozarks closer to reality.

Earlier this year, an Arkansas publice service judge moved the Southwestern Electric Power Comany's plan to construct a 345kv regional power line through Missouri just north of the Arkansas border.  The route may effect parts of Barry and McDonald Counties in Southwest Missouri.  The project would include the acquisition of right of way easements voluntarily or through the use of eminent domain.  The design of the power lines includes single towers between 130 and 160 feet tall and right of way as wide as 150 feet along the entire line. 

Owners' Counsel of America Announces Election of New Board Members

The Owners' Counsel of America, a nationwide network of eminent domain attorneys dedicated to representing property owners, have elected two new members to their Board of Directors.  

Greene County and Webster County: U.S. 60 Rogersville - Project Freeway - Springfield to Rogersville

A three-mile long section of U.S. 60 near Rogersville, east of Springfield, will be converted into a freeway between Greene County Farm Road 241 and west of Chicory Road. Some outer roads may also be built as funding allows. This will be a design-build project contracted out by Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). With the goal of increased safety, at-grade intersections will be replaced. MoDOT has the power to use eminent domain to acquire property for this project. For more information on road projects and eminent domain please visit

Greene County, Missouri: Route 125 Railroad Overpass East of Springfield

A new railroad overpass is being built on Greene County Route 125 over over Greene County Route D by Missouri Department of Transportation. MoDOT will have the power to use eminent domain for this project.  For more information on road projects and eminent domain please visit

City of Lee's Summit, Jackson County, Missouri - Jefferson Street Improvement Project from Stuart Road to Persels Road

The City of Lee's Summit, Missouri is improving Jefferson Street from Stuart Road to Persels Road. The improvements include widening and reconstructiong Jefferson Street as a three-lane road from Persels Road to Scherer Road. From Scherer road to Persels Road, Jefferson Street will be two lanes. Eminent domain can be used to acquire permanent and temporary easements for this project, as well as to acquire land needed for the widening.  For more information on highway and road issues, click on

Greene County: Chestnut Expressway near U.S. 65 - New Railroad Bridge

MoDOT, the City of Springfield, Missouri, and Greene County, Missouri, and BNSF Railway are working together to build a railroad overpass on Chestnut Expressway west of U.S. 65. Also, a new traffic signal will be installed at Chestnut Expressway and Ingram Mill Road.  See for more information on eminent domain for road projects.