Introduction to Federal-Aid Right of Way Requirements for Local Public Agencies


This one-day introductory course is being offered by the Federal Highway Administration in cooperation with the Iowa DOT and Iowa LTAP. It provides Local Public Agencies (LPAs) with a working knowledge of Federal requirements and procedures for acquiring property for Federally-assisted transportation projects. The course focuses on applying the Uniform Act and related Federal Regulations to specific situations and issues. Designed as a hands-on, highly interactive learning experience, this course will guide participants through several phases of the right of way process by relating common real-life situations, right-of-way (ROW) problem solving exercises, and large group discussions. We encourage those with limited ROW knowledge to register for the free NHI 141045 web-based training course in advance of this instructor-led course session.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the legal basis for land acquisition by a governmental entity
  • Assess the impact of a roadway improvement as it relates to the Uniform Act
  • Sequence the right-of-way process (ROW) within the overall project development process
  • Determine the appropriate valuation process for ROW acquisition
  • Apply the Uniform Act requirements for ROW acquisition
  • Apply the Uniform Act requirements to relocation assistance


The instructor for the one-day introductory course is Carolyn Winborne James. She is a LPA National Realty Specialist with the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration in Washington, D.C.


If you have questions about the class, contact Keith Knapp, 515-294-8817,