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[1] See Appendix A for a list of participants at each of the regional roundtable meetings.

[2] FHWA Project Development Guide, Chapter

[3] See FHWA’s Project Development Guide, Chapter 12,Property Management, for more

[4] FHWA has also recommended that computer applications should be considered in carrying out these functions. For example, see section 12.1.2 of HEPR’s Project Development Guide at

[5] In one example, the New Mexico DOT received an FWHA Technical Specialties Honorable Mention Award in 2004 for its efforts to implement a GIS into its estate land and ROW management

[6] A comprehensive list of example ROW systems currently in use by transportation agencies is included inNCHRP 8-55A: Developing a Logical Model for a Geo-Spatial Right-of-Way Land Management Systemavailable at report also includes a thorough description of various ROW system types, ranging from those that support a single ROW activity (“individual systems”) to those that include the majority of ROW functional areas (“large enterprise systems”).

[7] For Caltrans, “abatements” are recoveries of expenditures that have already been incurred by the department and include property damages or loss recoveries, employee salary overpayments, and jury duty fees.

[8] For more information on CDOT’s property inventory, see Chapter 7 of the CDOT ROW Manual at

[9] Xriver Technologies LLC.2008.Appraisal, Acquisition, and Relocation System.

[10] An uneconomic remnant results when the acquiring agency only partially acquires property, with the remaining property being determined to have little or no value to the owner.

[11] TDOT Performance Audit, available at

[12] Krugler, Paul and Sergiy Butenko.2010.Development of Decision-Making Support Tools for Early Right-of-Way Acquisitions.

[13] Hancock, 2011.NCHRP 8-55A: Developing a Logical Model for a Geo-Spatial Right-of-Way Land Management System, available at:

[14] Some regional roundtable participants pointed out a frustration that the earnings from sold properties are not typically directed back into the property management function.

[15] Ibid footnote 13.

[16] In 2008, HEPR recognized the Oregon DOT’s ROW Division with a “Technical Specialties Awards” for the Division’s creation of the “ROW Data Management System.” The system gives public and contractors access to certain summary property information and forms via the Internet.

Updated: 10/8/2015
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