Right of Way Division
James K. Polk Building, Suite 600
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243
The Right-of-Way (ROW) Division is responsible for the appraisal and acquisition of land needed for state highway construction and relocation of displaced families and businesses. This division is also responsible for the coordination and relocation of utility and railroad facilities necessary for highway construction projects. Excess land is administered and disposed of through this division.
The ROW Division reports to the Assistant Chief Engineer of Design. It consists of Right-of-Way and Utilities offices. The headquarters offices oversee administration of policy and procedures. The regional offices oversee the daily operations.
Utilities Office is responsible for the coordination of local utility and railroad relocation efforts for highway construction and issuance of utility encroachment permits.
Appraisal Office is responsible for quality assurance in the process of estimating just compensation for property rights acquired for the construction of transportation facilities.
Acquisition Office is responsible for the acquisition of real property required for state transportation needs.
Relocation Office is responsible for the relocation and reestablishment of persons, businesses and farms displaced as a result of State or State-aid highway projects and the management of acquired improvements.
Excess Land Office is responsible for the administration and disposal of right of way for non-highway purposes.
Engineering Office is responsible for providing engineering and technical advice, support and interpretive assistance as it relates to the interface between roadway design, construction and right-of-way appraisal and acquisition.
Consultants for Acquisition / Relocation / Utility provide consultant information related to contract services for the Right-of-Way offices.