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The acquisition of private property for public use is governed by a host of state and federal rules and regulations. On federal aid projects, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Local Programs has overall responsibility for the acquisition, management, and disposal of real property for federally funded local agency projects.
Through the Stewardship and Oversight Agreement between WSDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), WSDOT is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of Local Public Agency (LPA) projects are carried out in compliance with federal statutes, regulations, and policies. WSDOT Local Programs is the lead office for ensuring this compliance with the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended (URA) and 49 CFR Part 24, the Local Agency Guidelines (LAG) and WSDOT ROW Manuals.
ROW Services provides the following technical ROW assistance for LPAs and their consultants:
For technical real estate related questions, assistance, or recommendations on specific right of way issues, please contact your Region Local Agency Coordinator (LAC).
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