SupCo ruling could jeopardize future bike paths in Del.

By Amy Cherry/Allan Loudell 1:29pm, March 11, 2014 - Updated 4:12pm, March 11, 2014
A ruling from the nation's high court could be a bump in the road for new bike paths in Delaware.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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The Supreme Court justices sided with a private landowner in Wyoming battling government efforts to transform unused railroad track beds into bike paths.

"The government can claim eminent domain, but they will have to pay for it, and they'll have to pay whatever its market value is," said Ken Jost, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's School of Law.

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Jost says the government has already paid $60 million to settle claims like this.

A similar effort to construct bike trails on the Brandywine River Trail is underway, and Jost says it could be impacted by this ruling.

"Many landowners with just a little bit of land may just say its of no consequences, but some landowners may strike a harder bargain," said Jost.

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Jost says there may be thousands of landowners who stand to benefit from this ruling.

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