Office of Right of Way

Right of Way Design Manual

April 2008

This manual was current as of this revision date.  Changes may have occurred since that time.  For updates, please contact the Office of Right of Way's design section, Iowa Department of Transportation, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010, or (515) 239-1279.

Note:  If you wish to print or view a complete Right of Way Design Manual, you may download  this PDF file: rowdesign_manual.pdf (4,679 KB) or a ZIP version rowdesign_manual.zip (3,491 KB).  For viewing the parts of the Right of Way Design Manual listed below, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader™.

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PDF icon Title Page and Table of Contents  
PDF icon Introduction 1
  Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance
Purpose of Right of Way Design
Types of ROW Acquired in the State of Iowa
Symbol System for ROW Plans
ROW Design by Consultants
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PDF icon Received Plan Submittal (D5) 5
  Acceptance of D5
Scheduling of ROW Design Work
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PDF icon Determine Land Ownership 6
 

Title Search, Forms and Procedures
Title Search Sources and County Records
Assignment of Parcel Numbers
Report of Liens Orders
Existing Right of Way
Plan Preparation Using Title Search Information
Railroad Right of Way
Advertising Control (Signs)
Drainage Districts
Mitigation Parcels
Quitclaim Areas

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PDF icon Establish Proposed Right of Way 10
  Cross Section Review
Establish the Right of Way Line
Temporary Needs
Borrows
Fencing and Area Calculations
City-owned Lands
Access Rules and Regulations
Right of Way Field Examination
Excess Land
Plan Preparation
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PDF icon Establish Parcel Files 22
  Preparation of Parcel Files
Preparation of Summary and Plot Plans
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PDF icon Interaction with Other Offices 25
  Office of Design
District Offices
Facilities Management
Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Office of Local Systems
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PDF icon Transmittal of the project 26
PDF icon Development Estimates 35
PDF icon Appendix A - Forms and Transmittals  
PDF icon Appendix B - Guide to Creating Plot Plans  
PDF icon Appendix C - Abandoned Railroad Right of Way  
PDF icon Appendix D - Access Management Policy  
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Appendix E - Guide to Creating ROW