Right of Way and Utilities
Contact Emilie Simpson with questions or suggestions.
- Utility manual (PDF, 2.7 MB)
- Right of way manual (PDF, 2.6 MB)
- The Right of Way and Utilities Management System (RUMS)
- Guide for property owners and tenants (PDF, 3.5 MB) | En Espanol (PDF, 6 MB)
- How to acquire surplus land (PDF, 180 KB) | En Espanol (PDF, 72 KB)
- VDOT property for sale
- Right of Way Requests for Proposals
- Right of Way use fee information
The Consulting Services Program is responsible for administering contracts for the performance of right of way services (appraisal, appraisal review, negotiations, and relocation services) to supplement our staff.
The program administers "non-professional" contracts. Only pre-qualified firms are eligible to submit proposals for these contracts.
Pre-qualification questions? Contact Neil Hord.
- Right of Way RFP listing
- Prequalification: consulting firms
- Prequalification: appraisers
- Pre-qualified Acquisition firms (PDF, 136 KB)
- Pre-qualified Senior Appraisers (PDF, 457 KB)
- Pre-qualified Review Appraisers (PDF, 353 KB)
- Pre-qualified Appraisers (PDF, 378 KB)
The Appraisal Program develops development of appraisal reports that establish the fair market value of properties being acquired for highway construction projects.
The Acquisition Program secures real property, not only through voluntary conveyances, but also through eminent domain. Contact: Scott Mersiowsky.
The Relocation Program manages services and benefits to coordinate, as much as possible, the timely and successful relocation of displaced people and re-establishment of businesses. Contact: Scott Mersiowsky.
The Rail Section coordinates activities for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to obtain necessary right-of-entry agreements, grade-crossing agreements and project railroad agreements on time.
The section also provides guidance and direction to VDOT regarding railroad activities. Contact: Debra Haislip.
The Special Projects section oversees the right-of-way acquisition for Design-Build, Public-Private Partnerships and locally administered projects. Contact: Les Griggs.
Utility Program Management
The utility program manager is responsible for utility relocations being performed in a timely manner. Contact: Andrew Franzyshen.
Nine district offices serve specific localities.
- Bristol, Lynchburg, Salem and Staunton districts: Jim Pullin
- Culpeper, Fredericksburg and Northern Virginia districts: Brian Costello
- Hampton Roads and Richmond districts: Craig Southall