BEND, OR -- In an effort to move forward on a major Highway 97 overhaul, Oregon’s Department of Transportation wants to buy a parcel of land from Les Schwab. And they’ve filed a lawsuit in order to do it. ODOT has been buying land for the Highway 97 project for more than a decade, but they can’t move forward without a half-acre property owned by Les Schwab Tire Centers. It’s an undeveloped parcel on Bend’s south side that has been owned by the tire giant since 2001. According to The Bulletin, ODOT filed a lawsuit in Deschutes County under eminent domain laws, after Les Schwab rejected the state’s previous offer.
A spokesperson for Les Schwab said the court filing is part of the process and a deal is expected to close, eventually. ODOT expects to start the $45 million overhaul of Highway 97 in Bend, later this summer.
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