Right of Way and Utilities

We hope this information is useful and enhances your understanding of and interest in our program.

We appreciate comments to assist us in improving. Contact Emilie Simpson with suggestions.


Consulting Services

The Consulting Services Program is responsible for administering contracts for the performance of right of way services (e.g., appraisal, appraisal review, negotiations, and relocation services) when staff resources are not sufficient to meet expedited project advertisement schedules. 

The program administers "non-professional" contracts.

Only firms that have been pre-quaified are eligible to submit proposals for these contracts. 

Procedures and guidelines for pre-qualifications can be obtained from Neil Hord.


The Appraisal Program is responsible for the development of appraisal reports that establish the fair market value of properties being acquired for highway construction projects.

For more information click here. Contact: James Damer


The Acquisition Program is responsible for securing real property through negotiation. 

This includes procurement not only through voluntary conveyances, but also through eminent domain. Contact: Scott Mersiowsky.


The Relocation Program is responsible for administering a comprehensive program of services and benefits to coordinate, to the maximum extent possible, the timely and successful relocation of displaces and re-establishment of businesses. Contact: Scott Mersiowsky.

Property Management

The Property Management Program is responsible for the management and disposition of all residue properties and surplus rights of way. Contact: Neil Hord


The Rail Section coordinates the railroad activities for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) obtaining necessary right of entry agreements, grade crossing agreements and project railroad agreements on time.

The section also provides guidance and direction to VDOT staff / consultants statewide for railroad associated activities. Contact: Debra Haislip

Special Projects

The Special Projects section oversees the right of way acquisition process of Design-Build, Public-Private Partnerships, and locally administered projects. Contact: Les Griggs

Utility Program Management

The utility program manager is responsible for overseeing policies and procedures and ensuring utility relocations are performed in a timely manner to meet project delivery. Contact: Andrew Franzyshen


There are nine district offices across the state which service 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





Page last modified: May 29, 2019