HIGHWAY RIGHT-OF-WAY PERSONNEL SALARIES: AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

THE IMPORTANT ROLE PLAYED BY RIGHT-OF-WAY OFFICIALS SEEMS TO LACK RECOGNITION. THIS RESULTS IN THE RELATIVE INADEQUACY OF THE COMPENSATION PAID THIS GROUP OF EMPLOYEES. THE PRINCIPAL FUNCTION OF STATE RIGHT-OF-WAY AGENCIES IS THE ACQUISITION OF LAND FOR HIGHWAY PURPOSES. IN MOST CASES, THE FULL RANGE OF LAND-ACQUIRING FUNCTIONS IS PERFORMED, INCLUDING APPRAISING, NEGOTIATING, CONDEMNING, TITLE SEARCHING, CONVEYANCING, DESCRIPTION WRITING, AND ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES. IN MANY STATES EXTENSIVE LANDS ARE PURCHASED FOR OTHER STATE AGENCIES, FOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS, IRRIGATION PROGRAMS, STATE PARKS, AIRPORTS, AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES. STATE RIGHT-OF-WAY AGENCIES ALSO PERFORM A NUMBER OF MANAGEMENT, INVESTIGATIVE, AND RESEARCH FUNCTIONS. THE NATURE OF THE RIGHT-OF-WAY FUNCTION NOW REQUIRES THAT IT BE PLACED ON A PAR WITH OTHER ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT. THIS SURVEY OF THE 51 STATE AND TERRITORIAL JURISDICTIONS SHOWS THAT THE RIGHT-OF-WAY FUNCTION IN 33 STATES HAS ACHIEVED SEPARATE AND COORDINATE STATUS IN THE ORGANIZATION ANSWERABLE TO THE CHIEF ENGINEER OR HIS EQUIVALENT. COMPARATIVE DATA ON STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT RIGHT-OF-WAY OERATIONS ARE SUMMARIZED IN A TABLE. THE STATES ARE RANKED IN TERMS OF AMOUNT OF PROPERTY ACQUIRED, NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES OF THE RIGHT-OF-WAY AGENCIES, PROPERTY ACQUIRED PER EMPLOYEE, AND SALARY OF THE CHIEF RIGHT-OF-WAY OFFICIAL. SALARY DATA ARE SUMMARIZED IN A TABLE FOR RIGHT-OF-WAY EMPLOYEES. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT IN SPITE OF THE INCREASING COMPLEXITY OF THE RIGHT-OF-WAY SALARIES REMAIN RELATIVELY LOW.

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  • Accession Number: 00200724
  • Record Type: Publication
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  • Created Date: Jul 28 1994 12:00AM