Special Committee for International Coordination

The Subcommittee has appointed members to the AASHTO Special Committee for International Activity Coordination. This committee studies practices of other countries to discover new trends in management, operations, and technology being developed in these countries relative to transportation. Gerry Gallinger, Director, Real Estate Services, Washington State Department of Transportation, and Gary Fawver, Division Chief, Right of Way and Utilities, Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation represent the AASHTO Right of Way Subcommittee on the special committee. Lyle McMillan, Chief of Right of Way, Utah Dept. of Transportation serves as an alternate member.

International Right of Way and Utilities European Scan Team

The Subcommittee, in conjunction with F.H.W.A. completed a scanning tour of four European nations as part of the Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program Panel 20-36, during May 2002 for the Joint AASHTO/FHWA FY 2000/20001 Biennial Scanning Program, titled European Right of Way and Utilities Best Practices, to develop an understanding and awareness of other country’s successful Right of Way and Utilities practices that could result in faster project delivery and greater customer satisfaction or to increase technological advancement.

Following the completion of the Scan Tour, a final report was prepared dated August 2003 which was published on FHWA's website at the following website address:

http://www.international.fhwa.dot.gov/eurorightofway/index.htm<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

The report includes recommendations to transportation agencies in conducting their Right of Way and Utilities activities.Because of the wide national disparity in state laws relating to Right of Way acquisition, condemnation, contracting and Utilities, many of the recommendations for best practices included were not considered to be organizationally feasible or were not permitted under the law in some states. However, an Implementation Team was established to consider implementation of findings and recommendations.

International Scan Implementation Team

The Subcommittee is participating with F.H.W.A. in the International Scan Implementation Team. This team is responsible for developing implementation strategies for the best practices discovered during the European Right of Way and Utilities Scan.Pilot projects have been approved by F.H.W.A. in several states to test these innovative practices:

• Appraisal Waiver Pilots (Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina)

• Appraisal Review Modification (Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Washington);

• Acquisition Incentive Offer Pilot (Florida)

• Single Agent Appraiser/Negotiate Pilot (California)

• Relocation Incentive Offer Payment (Virginia)

International Scan Implementation Team Members include:

Armstrong, Howard

phone 405-879-0600, fax 405-879-0474

pinnwha@aol.com

Pinnacle Group

5534 N. Western, Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Conn, Joe

phone 703-780-3428, fax 703-780-6575

josephnconn@cs.com

ATI Inc.

PO Box 8228, Alexandria, VA 22308

Facer, Kathleen

phone 785-267-7299 x305, fax 785-267-7290

Kathleen.Facer@fhwa.dot.gov

FHWA

3300 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66611-2237

Fannin, Ronald

phone 202-366-2042, fax 202-366-3713

Ronald.Fannin@fhwa.dot.gov

FHWA

400 7th St SW, Room 3221,Washington, DC 20590

Ferragut, Ted

phone 703-836-1671, fax 703-995-4699

tferragut@tdcpartners.com

TDC Partners

417 S St. Asaph St, Alexandria, VA 22341

Gallinger, Gerry

phone 360-705-7305, fax 360-705-6811

galling@wsdot.wa.gov

WS DOT

PO Box 47338, Olympia, WA 98504-7338

Kendrick, Kathleen

phone 202-366-2035, fax 202-366-3713

Kathleen.Kendrick@fhwa.dot.gov

FHWA

400 7th St SW, Room 3221, Washington, DC 20590

Kennedy, Wayne

phone 520-818-1812

38807 S Starwood Dr

Tucson, AZ 85739

fax 520-818-1813

wayneken1@juno.com


Lauffer, Susan

phone 202-366-4853, fax 202-366-3043

Susan.Lauffer@fhwa.dot.gov

FHWA

400 7th St SW, Room 3212, Washington, DC 20590

Maier, Hana

phone 202-366-6003, fax 202-366-9626

Hana.Maier@fhwa.dot.gov

FHWA

400 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20590

Maieski, Nancy

phone 608-266-2915, fax 608-267-0307

nancy.maieski@dot.state.wi.us

WIS DOT

PO Box 7916, Madison, WI 53707-7916

Moeller, Dick

phone 561-478-7210, fax 561-478-7527

rmoeller@orcolan.com

OR Colan

219 Lindy Lane, W Palm Beach, FL 33406

Myers, Janet

phone 203-366-2019, fax 202-366-3713

FHWA

400 7th St, SW, Room 3221

Washington DC, 20590

janet.myers@fhwa.dot.gov

Pestinger, Joe

phone 360-893-6617, fax 360-893-2689

pestinger@earthlink.net

134 Ammons Lane SE, Orting, WA 98360-1227

Smith, Eric

phone 517-373-4143, fax 517-373-2209

smithe@michigan.gov

Michigan DOT, Real Estate Division

PO Box 30050, Lansing, MI 48909

Towcimak, Ken

phone 850-414-4557, fax 850-488-5671

kenneth.towcimak@dot.state.fl.us

Florida DOT

605 Suwannee St, MS22, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450

Catherine Colan Muth, President

phone 954-763-5700, fax 954-463-3017

cmuth@orcolan.com

O. R. Colan Associates

439 NE 7th Avenue

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Scott, Paul

phone 703-680-5665

pscott@tbegroup.com

National Utilities Liaison

TBE Group, Inc.

16216 Edgewood Drive

Dumfries, VA 22026

Waymack, Stu

phone 804-786-2923, fax 804-786-1706

VDOT

1401 E Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23219

stuart.Waymack@virginiadot.org

Development of Right of Way Core Curriculum at Community Colleges

The International Scan Tour also found that in Europe Right of Way trainees could study Right of Way in universities. F.H.W.A. and the International Scan Implementation Team are attempting to encourage development of distance learning programs on core Right of Way curriculum at the university level. To date, Delaware Technical and Community College and the Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville) have developed and offered such courses on site. Hopefully, these courses can be expanded to distance learning in the future to serve the entire nation. Interested person may contact Kathleen.Kendrick@fhwa.dot.gov with F.H.W.A. for more details.