ODOT steps down from legal battle with Dickson family

DICKSON, OK - A Dickson family said a 5-year-long battle with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation finally came to an end Thursday when the state agency caved.

Carl and Mary Cravens' have lived at their home along
State Highway 199 for twenty years, and when they learned the Oklahoma Department of Transportations plans to widen the stretch of highway that runs in front of their home, they agreed Dickson needed the improvement.

"My husband was on the city council so it was no surprise the highway was coming through," Mary Cravens said. "They sent a negotiating firm called out to make an offer to us and to sign a contract."

Cravens said ODOT offered them $21,000 for .69 acres of their land.

But she said after expressing concerns about some of the construction plans, she received this.

"ODOT responded with a letter saying they would be seizing our property and they would be taking us to court."

Craven's says after a long legal battle, a jury agreed the Cravens property was worth over $31,000, however ODOT didn't see it that way.

"ODOT then using more tax payer dollars, chose to appeal our case in an attempt to side step the jury's decision."

Thursday the family's 5-year-old nightmare finally came to a close.

A spokesperson at ODOT confirmed to First News the case has been dropped.

"The more we looked at it the only people that were gonna benefit from appealing that case to a higher court was gonna be the attorneys, we decided that we needed to end that," A spokesperson for ODOT said.

The Cravens' said they are happy receiving what has been deemed as a fair price for their property, but their is no dollar amount on time.

"This has been 5 years of the state versus Carl and Mary Cravens," Cravens said. "Stripping away our peace of daily living."

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