Methods of Determining Width
Right-of-way varies in width from highway to highway and may vary in width along different segments of the same highway or road. There are several ways to determine the location of a right-of-way line, including:
- Engaging a licensed professional land surveyor to complete a land survey and, if appropriate, along with a title search of the public records in the Office of County Recorder/Registrar of Titles. This is an accurate and reliable method to locate property boundaries and encumbrances on the property, which includes right-of-way by easements on a property or right-of-way in fee.
- Reviewing surveys of the property, or if the property is part of a sub-division, its sub-division plat. Sub-division plats are available for viewing in the Office of County Recorder/Registrar of Titles and the County Surveyors office. Caution: This may not be a reliable method as easement interests may exist as encumbrances on a property that may be granted by document(s), which may have no reference on surveys and sub-division plats.
- Locating property irons on a property. Caution: there may be several pins/irons in proximity to each other marking different or other boundaries and easements.
- Measuring one half the width of the right-of-way, if width is known. Caution: This may be a representative method as a general rule of thumb for estimating an approximate right-of-way line, but is not an accurate method for determining the right-of-way.
- The Highway Department or Surveyors Office may assist in providing some information, if reasonably available from a cursory review of its files. The Highway Department or Surveyors Office may have partial records and Right-of-Way Plats for more recent acquisitions of right-of-way. Caution: said department or office files may be incomplete and may not contain all the information pertaining to the width or status of right-of-way so any such information is provided at user’s risk.