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County hits snag in attempt to purchase right-of-way

Plans to improve Chaffee and Scoon roads near Sunnyside may have hit a roadblock. Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved a resolution that authorizes the condemnation of the right-of-way required for the improvement project.

William Maggard, Yakima County engineering services manager, explained that the county has been attempting to acquire the right-of-way for the project from the property owner, but no progress has been made.

He said the resolution approved by the commissioners will allow the right-of-way acquisition to continue in the court system. Maggard explained that a judge or jury will ultimately decide on a cost for the property in question.

Maggard said when the issue goes to court the county is hoping to be granted immediate use and possession of the land so that work on the improvement project can begin soon.

The improvement project includes laying down a hard surface on Chaffee Road from Maple Grove to Scoon roads, as well as on the portion of Scoon Road that comes off of Chaffee, from Chaffee to where the road is already hard surfaced.

The project will also include softening several curves on Chaffee Road. As it stands now there are currently several curves on Chaffee Road which are currently gravel, that are more like 90 degree turns.

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