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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled, in In re Opening Private Road ex rel. O’Reilly, 5 A.3d 246 (Pa. 2010), that a statute authorizing an owner to construct a road across neighboring property to get to a public road effected an unconstitutional taking of property. Read minority opinion. The court distinguished the common law doctrine of easement by necessity that grants owners rights of way by necessity over remaining land of a common grantor, finding that doctrine to be constitutional. The court further ruled that such a taking was for a private purpose unless the predominant beneficiary of the taking would be the public.