Right of way acquisition
What is right of way?
Right of way refers to a strip of land which is used as a transportation corridor. The land is acquired as an easement or in fee, either by agreement or condemnation. It may also refer to temporary rights needed to construct a transportation facility.
MnDOT sells excess properties and structures on a regular basis. All properties and structures are sold by sealed bid or auction. View the current listings.
For property owners
MnDOT is responsible for the administration, planning, construction, maintenance and safety of the state’s highway system and airports. Each year MnDOT makes efforts to reduce traffic congestion and crashes through the use of the state’s expanded trunk highway, and federal interstate and airport programs. As a result, the state may be required to purchase property owned by individual citizens. The guide below outlines the laws and procedures MnDOT must follow in the land acquisition process. Please review the information carefully to better understand your legal rights as a property owner.
- Guide for property owners (PDF 0.5 MB)
Having to move from your residence or place of business can be a significant interruption in your life. The State of Minnesota recognizes the inconvenient and sometimes traumatic nature of being displaced by a public improvement project. We are committed to do our utmost to make the situation as simple, straightforward and trouble-free as possible.
- Relocation assistance (PDF 1 MB)