By A.J. Hazarabedian

A lane widening project is underway in the City of Antioch, which according to the Contra Costa Public Works Department, will require acquisition of a few properties.

A recent KCBS news article, “Contra Costa Evokes Eminent Domain to Make Way for Highway,” reports that a traffic chokepoint will be alleviated, although eminent domain will need to be used.  The project includes a new off-ramp to Somersville and widening of Somersville, with construction anticipated to begin this summer.

County Supervisor Federal Glover states in the article, “unfortunately eminent domain is one of those things that we have to use when we can’t find an agreement, in order to achieve our goal.”

They are one step closer to their goal, as a resolution of necessity to acquire the necessary properties was adopted March 23, 2010.