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Jordan school board sues UDOT for $4 million

Published: Thursday, May 31 2012 7:30 p.m. MDT

HERRIMAN — The Jordan Board of Education is suing the Utah Department of Transportation for $4 million in compensation for land being used by UDOT in its Mountain View Corridor project.

According to the lawsuit filed Thursday in 3rd District Court, both parties entered into an agreement over land owned by the school district, allowing UDOT to begin constructing the expressway without waiting for the result of a condemnation suit. The school board claims UDOT has violated that agreement by failing to make funds available to the district as compensation for the property — which the Jordan School District appraises at $4 million. 

The school board claims that UDOT has failed to file a suit condemning the property, prompting the board to take legal action to receive just compensation, the lawsuit states. 

Members of the Jordan School Board could not be reached Thursday and district spokespeople declined to comment. A UDOT spokeswoman deferred questions to the agency's legal department, which could not be reached for comment.

Benjamin Wood

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