July 18, 2008
VDOT opens right of way field offices for two major projects
Offices opened for Mocassin Gap Bypass and Route 58 widening between Abingdon and Damascus
T.B.E. Group, Columbia, SC, will serve as right of way consultant for Phases II and III of the Moccasin Gap Bypass and the Route 647 widening project in Lee County. Their office is located across from the Scott County Courthouse on West Jackson Street.
The consultant will acquire approximately 25 land parcels along Routes 72 and 58 for the Moccasin Gap Bypass, with 16 of those involving the relocation of families and businesses. Over 50 land parcels will be acquired along Route 647, with two of those involving families. The right of way process for the project is currently underway and will be completed in late June 2009.
Pinnacle Consulting Management Group, Inc., Oklahoma City, Okla., will serve as right of way consultant for two sections of the widening of Route 58 between Abingdon and Damascus, from just east of Route 638 to just west of the West Corporate Limits of Damascus. Their office is located in the shopping center at Food City in Damascus, located on Route 58.
Approximately 90 land parcels will be acquired for the Route 58 projects, with ten of those involving the relocation of families. The right of way process for this project is currently under way and is scheduled for completion in spring 2009.
Letters have been sent to property owners along each route to inform them of upcoming land acquisition activities.
The following information was given by VDOT regarding the right of way process:
- Employees of each consulting firm carry identification cards on visits to property owners.
- Property owners will receive fair market value for any property, including land or buildings, required to build the road.
- To determine fair market value, a qualified individual appraises the property, using the best information available. The appraiser considers recent property sales in the community and neighborhood, as well as building costs and land values.
- Once the appraisal is completed and approved through an independent review process, negotiations are ready to begin.
- Negotiations are a crucial stage in the acquisition process. Successful communication is essential. A right of way negotiator will visit the property owner to explain the project and the amount of property required from the property owner. The negotiator will make an offer to the property owner for the purchase of the property needed. This offer is based on an appraisal prepared by a board certified appraiser. A copy of this appraisal will be given to the property owner.
- If the property owner has any questions about what is being acquired, how much compensation is offered, and how the construction will affect the rest of their property, they should not hesitate to ask the negotiator.
- Property owners will have time to consider the offer, and the negotiator will make follow-up contact to discuss the offer and answer any questions.
- All displaced businesses, families and non-profit organizations are entitled to receive relocation assistance under the Uniform Relocation Assistance Act.
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