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The Legislature Has Several Options for Reducing the State’s Road Right-of-Way Costs, Report No. 06-18, February 2006
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The Department of Transportation spent approximately $471 million to compensate landowners for right-of-way in Fiscal Year 2004‑05, including $387 million for land and improvements and $84 million for associated landowner expenses and business damages.

To help reduce right-of-way acquisition costs, the Legislature could consider the following options:

  • requiring landowners to provide information on a property’s characteristics earlier in the acquisition process;
  • establishing standards for hourly rates and the number of hours that may be billed by landowners’ experts or capping the amounts paid for property owners’ expert expenses similar to other states; and
  • eliminating the payment of business damages. Most states do not pay business damages for property acquired for right-of-way purposes. However, eliminating payment of business damages would likely face strong opposition from land and business owners and other stakeholders.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Right-of-Way Acquisition

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 01-46 Progress Report: Some Highway Right-of-Way Costs Decreased, But Legislative Changes Needed to Further Reduce Costs, published in October 2001.
  • Report No. 99-02  Justification Review of the Right-of-Way Acquisition Program, published in August 1999.

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