Roadway Rights-of-Way: Understanding the Legal and Practical Issues
1 hour 30 minutes
Identify and avoid pitfalls that can delay or increase costs of right-of-way acquisition.
Roadways exist to serve our transportation needs. Rights-of-way (ROW) are areas designated for that purpose. However, effective establishment and operations can be complicated due to technical and legal factors and rules and regulations. The consequences of mistakes due to ignorance or disregard for the various intricacies of ROW can be both devastating in duration and intensity. How street smart are you about ROW? This topic is intended to proactively equip and educate policy makers, design professionals, public administrators, and developers with the following topics. How have ROW evolved? Why are they needed? Who is involved with their creation? What legalities do I need to know? When are they established, modified, or terminated? Where can I find more information? Learning these as well as what options exist, what the rights and responsibilities of users and possessors are, and what pitfalls to avoid at this time, will minimize unnecessary expenses, delays, and heartburn in the future.
• You will be able to define what rights-of-way are and are not.
• You will be able to identify special rules for federal aid projects.
• You will be able to discuss the technical requirements to create a right-of-way.
• You will be able to explain the functional interactions within the right-of-way.