§8-29-12. Authorities to have right of eminent domain.
Whenever it shall be deemed necessary by an authority, in
connection with the exercise of its powers herein conferred, to
take or acquire any lands, structures or buildings or other rights,
either in fee or as easements, for the purposes herein set forth,
the authority may purchase the same directly or through its agents
from the owner or owners thereof, or failing to agree with the
owner or owners thereof, the authority may exercise the power of
eminent domain in the manner provided for condemnation proceedings
in chapter fifty-four of this code, and such purposes are hereby
declared to be public uses for which private property may be taken
or damaged: Provided, That under no circumstances shall an
authority have the right of immediate entry.