Conveyance – Intent

Eminent domain statutes are strictly construed so that where the estate or interest is not definitely set forth, only such estate or interest may be taken as is reasonably necessary for the public purpose. If land in which the grantor has the underlying interest is bounded by a highway, the fee carries to the center of the highway. This rule is not absolute, but one of construction, and ambiguities favor the grantee. Carter v. State Dept. of Roads, 198 Neb. 519, 254 N.W.2d 390 (1977).