Geographic Boundaries for ROW Work

The State of Virginia Department of Transportation requested a survey of the other states
regarding geographic boundaries for R/W work.
1) Do you have different geographic boundaries (regions) for right of way work than for
project construction or maintenance?
2) Please list a contact person for more information.
1) Alabama has exactly the same geographic regions for right way acquisition as it does for
other activities such as construction and maintenance.
2) Paul Bowlin, ALDOT
1) Alaska DOT&PF is organized into 3 Regions (Central, Northern, and Southeast) that
include right-of-way activities as well as maintenance, construction etc.
Right-of-Way is organized geographically with the statewide office in DOT&PF
headquarters in Juneau, and three regional offices in Fairbanks (Northern), Anchorage
(Central), and Juneau (Southeast).
Headquarters / Statewide Right-of-Way office is managed by the state right-of-way chief,
who is responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of right-ofway policy and procedures, and is the primary contact for statewide right-of-way issues
involving transportation.
A regional chief right-of-way agent supervises each regional office. The regional offices
are responsible for the acquisition and management of real estate for Alaska's
transportation systems.
2) For more information, please contact:
Rick Kauzlarich
AKDOT&PF State Right of Way Chief
3132 Channel Drive Juneau AK 99801
907-465-6962 / 800-467-6955
Fax 907-465-5240
Text 907-465-3652
1) The Arizona Department of Transportation has ten highway construction and 9
maintenance districts throughout the state. Three of the districts, Flagstaff, Kingman and
Yuma, contain a Right of Way Agent who is responsible for the coordination and
monitoring of all Right of Way activities for projects within that district. The Agents are
housed in the specific district, but report to the Right of Way Section in Phoenix.
All Right of Way activities for the remaining districts are coordinated out of the Right of
Way Section in Phoenix.
Phoenix Construction
Phoenix Maintenance
2) The following Agents can be contacted for further information:
Roxanne Turner, Kingman District, 928-681-6021
Laurie Hawkins, Flagstaff District, 928-779-7571
Dennis Patane, Yuma District, 928-317-2182
The Manager of the above Agents is Jimmie Hansher, Statewide Acquisition. He can be
reached in Phoenix at 602-712-8779.
1) All right of way functions in Arkansas are handled from the Central Office in Little Rock.
2) Perry M. Johnston
Division Head
Right of Way Division
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
P.O. Box 2261 Little Rock, Arkansas 72203
501-569-2311 Office
501-569-2018 Fax
[email protected]
1) Yes - in California we have 12 districts and within the 12 districts there are three regions:
Northern, Central and Southern R/W Region (only R/W is regionalized).
2) Bimla Rhinehart
1) CDOT has six regions throughout the state, and each is geographically defined to include
ROW, construction and maintenance within those boundaries. Each region is staffed with
a fully functional ROW section that includes plans/survey, appraisal/review, and
acquisition/relocation under a region ROW manager. Unfortunately, due to an increasing
inability to attract and retain appraisal positions in many of our regions, and the fact that
the decentralization has greatly diminished our ability to provide training and mentoring
to these individuals, we are looking at re-centralizing some of these positions. All
property management functions are centrally located and occur under the maintenance
2) No response to question 2.
1) No.
2) No response to question 2.
1) Florida DOT has eight District Offices in addition to the Central Office in Tallahassee.
All FDOT transportation operations are fully decentralized and managed from the
District Offices by a District Secretary who reports directly to the Secretary of
Transportation, including Construction, Maintenance and Right of Way. Sub offices
(Urban Offices) have been established in some districts in some local areas. These sub
offices may handle any of the above functions and report to the District Secretary.
2) If you wish information about the specific operation of Construction or Maintenance in
the District Offices, please contact:
Ananth Prasad
FDOT Chief Engineer
[email protected]
1) Georgia has seven different districts based on geographic boundaries throughout the
state; each district is responsible for all right of way and construction activities within
their respective district. On rare occasions, the right of way staff from one district will
acquire ROW within another district, typically in border counties.
2) Phil Copeland
1) Hawaii DOT has a centralized ROW Office/operation for our little State (in terms of
highway miles). Although we have to fly to the outer districts, it seems that we can
handle the larger construction district. Hopefully, with advancing technology, our reach
is growing & our office will be able to handle the increasing volume of work.
2) No response to question 2.
1) Idaho has six districts. Each district has a construction, maintenance and right of way
function within the district.
2) Leonard G. Hill
1) Illinois DOT has nine districts each with their own individual right-of-way groups.
Recently, we adopted a “region” approach for top management combining two districts
(excluding our Chicago metro district) under a region headed by a Regional Engineer (we
now have five regional engineers vs. the old nine district engineers). Still, to date, each
district organization remains in tact without any regionalization of any other assignments
or activities.
2) Feel free to contact Richard Hunter if you have questions.
1) The Commonwealth of Kentucky has 12 fully staffed Districts (dividing 120 counties)
that have functions in Design, Right of Way, Utilities, Construction, Maintenance and
2) No response to question 2.
1) No, not in the past. However, this could change in the future due to shortage of R/W
personnel and the increase in consultant use being handled out of the Central HQ office.
2) Lloyd Scallan.
1) MaineDOT has morphed from a centralized Statewide Right of Way Division to Program
regionalized teams. The teams are dedicated to specific types of projects; bridge, rural
construction, urban construction, etc. and are made up of designers, CADD technicians,
geotech engineers, construction managers, appraisal reviewer, appraisers, negotiators, etc.
We have some teams that cover just one of our five maintenance divisions, but we also
have teams that cover two or three regions.
2) A central Property Office is in place for policy, procedures, training, quality and
1) Maryland uses the same boundaries as Construction and Maintenance.
2) No response to question 2.
1) No.
2) Russ McGilvray
Deputy Director, ROW
1) Mn/DOT is organized the same way as Virginia: R/W groups in each
Construction/Maintenance district.
2) No response to question 2.
1) In Mississippi, we have six districts. Each district handles construction and maintenance
activities. ROW, environmental and design are handled from the state office. It keeps us
busy because we have six ‘clients.’
2) You can contact me or the assistant ROW administrator, Tim Cooper.: 601-359-7554.
Dan Smith
Right of Way Division
Mississippi Dept. of Transportation
1) Yes. We have eight field districts for construction and maintenance but all ROW activity
is centrally located.
2) Randy Needham
Right of Way Manager
Nebraska Department of Roads
[email protected]
1) New Hampshire Right-of-Way functions are centralized; therefore one bureau located in
the middle of the state covers the entire state. We do have six maintenance districts.
2) For questions contact Bill Janelle, 603-271-3222.
1) North Dakota's Right of Way Section is centralized. North Dakota has eight different
Districts. Construction and Maintenance is handled by the eight Districts. There is also a
Construction Division and Maintenance Division in the central office, which is located in
Bismarck, North Dakota.
2) Donald H. Wolf
NDDOT Right of Way Director
608 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0700
1) Ohio has four Regional Offices that handle the R/W acquisition functions for multiple
(three each) Districts. We find it very efficient. The Districts still have a small R/W office
that gets involved in R/W plan preparation, Utility relocations and encroachment
removals. The District offices have two to five staff members. Our Regions have 20-22
staff members and everything from title preparation through condemnation/closings and
asbestos abatement runs through them.
2) Please contact me directly if you have any questions.
Jim Viau
Office of Real Estate
FAX 614.466-0158
[email protected]
1) First, Oregon DOT has five regions statewide. The regions are responsible for the
construction program. Within the regions there are a total of 15 maintenance districts.
Each region has a Right of Way office which performs most of the acquisition and
relocation activities for the region. HQ Right of Way performs the appraisal review,
relocation review and approval, document preparations, title and closing/escrow
functions, and condemnation processing. The individual districts within a region do not
have their own right of way staff.
Until very recently, all the HQ and region right of way personnel were under the
authority of the State Right of Way Manager. ODOT has now decentralized and the
region right of way staffs report to their regional technical center managers.
2) Your second question was for a contact you could reach for additional information. I am
a retired Right of Way Section manager who is back for a few months on temporary
assignment. While I am here I am certainly available to talk with you. If I am no longer
here, you can contact Richard Dunlap, the Right of Way Operations Manager. His phone
number is: 503-986-3615
Dennis Wiegal
1) The SCDOT has 7 engineering District, while the right of way section has only four
2) I would be happy to answer any questions.
Oscar K. Rucker
1) No. SDDOT addresses right-of-way activities from a central office location. There are a
few appraisers and acquisition agents that have field offices outside the central office.
However, the work is directed and managed from a central office.
2) You may contact Joel Gengler with further questions as necessary.
1) Tennessee (TDOT) has four geographic regions/regional offices for almost all activities,
including ROW/Relocation/Utilities. There is also a Headquarters ROW Office in
Nashville. The only ROW activities that are central to Headquarters are contracting for
appraisals, utility relocations, and railroad agreements. But the bulk of the daily activity
takes place in the four regions.
2) No response to question 2.
1) Utah has decentralized the project delivery function (including ROW design) into four
autonomous regions. The ROW acquisition function is still centralized and located at
UDOT's headquarters.
2) No response to question 2.
1) Vermont has only one central ROW office.
2) Willis J. Morse
[email protected]
1) West Virginia has ten districts with a R/W office in each.
2) No response to question 2.
In answer to your question, Wisconsin does not have different regional geographic
boundaries for its r/w work vs. construction or maintenance. Wisconsin is a
decentralized organization and currently restructured its eight district offices into five
regional offices plus a central office located in Madison. Regions consist of:
NE Region (Green Bay)
SE Region (Waukesha)
NC Region (Wisconsin Rapids and Rhinelander)
NW Region (Eau Claire and Superior)
SW Region (Madison and La Crosse)
All functional areas (planning, design, R/W, maintenance, construction, etc.) have the
same regional geographic configurations (assigned counties).
If you need more information, you can contact:
Becky Krugman
Acquisition Manager
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