HERRIMAN — One day after being named in a lawsuit by the Jordan School District Board of Education, the Utah Department of Transportation responded in kind on Friday with a suit of its own, condemning district property for the construction of the Mountain View Expressway.

According to the first suit filed Thursday, the district and UDOT had entered into an agreement allowing UDOT to begin construction of the Mountain View Expressway without waiting for the outcome of litigation. The district claimed that UDOT had failed to file a suit condemning the property, prompting the board to take legal action to receive just compensation.

A day later, UDOT file suit in 3rd District Court seeking condemnation of the Mountain View Expressway property and has placed $2.63 million into an escrow account.

Teri Newell, UDOT project director for the Mountain View Corridor, said both lawsuits stem from a disagreement between UDOT and Jordan as to how much compensation Jordan is entitled to.

"We don't agree on what the price of the property would be," Newell said. "The next step after mediation, which we've gone through, is to go through the legal system."

According to the its lawsuit, the school district appraised the property at $4 million.

Newell said UDOT and Jordan continue to work together on the project and are seeking litigation only to settle the compensation dispute.

Jordan spokesman Steven Dunham said the district's legal department had not had sufficient time to review UDOT's lawsuit to comment on Friday.

Benjamin Wood