Bureau of Right of Way
Highway Improvement Projects
Existing rights of way and adjacent private property ownership
are developed early in the life of a project. Recent design
surveys and historical acquisition records are utilized to
depict these features as a base for project plan development.
Determination of proposed rights of way and easement needs
are generally driven by engineering considerations in the
Bureau of Design. Once the proposed rights of way and easements
are depicted on the plans, they are reviewed by the Bureau
of Right of Way, Engineering Section staff for conformity
with accepted practices and sufficiency to construct and maintain
the highway segment for which the right of way is being acquired.
It is at this point of project development that adjacent properties
affected by proposed rights of way and/or easements are identified
and Certificates of Title are ordered for current and accurate
discovery of property ownership.
Legal descriptions of the real property necessary for construction
and maintenance of the highway improvement project are written
within the Engineering Section and base maps as well as individual
tract graphic exhibits are prepared depicting the limits of
existing and proposed rights of way and easements.
Expansion to facility sites are handled in much the same
manner as highway improvement projects except that location
and area considerations are driven by the needs and recommendations
of the Division of Operations rather than the Bureau of Design.
Disposal of unneeded rights of way, easements, and/or other
real property are administered through the Right of Way Inventory
and Disposal Section of the Bureau of Right of Way. The
legal description preparation aspect of real property disposal
is supervised by the Engineering Section.
Archives and Research
All KDOT land records are archived and maintained by the
Engineering Section of the Bureau of Right of Way. These records
include, but are not limited to, highway improvement project
plan files; right of way strip maps; tract files that include
copies of the instrument of conveyance (deeds, district court
proceedings, etc.); coordinate geometry point lists; etc.
Nearly all of the above noted archived records are available
to the public upon request. In fact, the Bureau of Right of
Way's Engineering Section processes research requests on a
daily basis. Please visit our research
request page for additional details.
For further information please contact:
Coordinating Land Specialist
Toll Free: 1-877-461-6817