Right of Way

Land Acquisition for Transportation System Needs

The land acquisition process is part of many projects that expand or enhance a transportation network and requires the acquisition of private property for public use. The law not only requires just compensation for acquisitions, but also encourages acquisition by agreement to avoid litigation and assure consistent treatment of property owners. The ability to reach agreement in a timely manner is founded on a comprehensive, accurate, and defensible appraisal.

Civiltech recognizes this critical component of public agency transportation improvements and offers our clients the unique service of an in-house Right of Way (ROW) department. With land acquisition services in-house, our team has an unmatched understanding of how the design work integrates with the land acquisition process. We can implement land acquisition strategies to minimize project impacts and delays. Also, our designers pay particular attention to the minimization of private property impacts when identifying ROW needs.

O'Hare Modernization Program Southwest Acquisition Area

City of Chicago

Civiltech’s Right of Way team provided management, appraisal and appraisal review, and litigation support services for over 800 properties. The team met weekly with a negotiation staff of 30 agents and managed 10 appraisal consulting firms. The types of properties appraised include commercial, industrial, and residential properties.

Comprehensive Right of Way Services

  • Appraisals
  • Appraisal Review
  • Negotiation
  • Relocation
  • State Agency Coordination
  • Right of Way Consulting
  • Litigation Support Services
  • Expert Testimony
  • Specialty Reports
  • Program and Project Management
  • Specialty Engineering Reports


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