Committee on Right of Way, Utilities and Outdoor Advertising Control


AASHTO Liaison
Casey Soneira, Program Manager for Engineering
csoneira@aashto.org

American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials Highway Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities Resolution No. 2003-1 August 20 2003

WHEREAS: The Board of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials adopted a Resolution on the use of dual Metric/English measurements on all Right of Way plans and legal documents on April 11, 1994 and revised it on November 16, 1997; and

WHEREAS: The Board of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials adopted a Resolution on the use of dual Metric/English measurements on all Right of Way plans and legal documents on April 11, 1994 and revised it on November 16, 1997; and

WHEREAS: FHWA no longer requires the use of metric measurements in Right of Way documents; and

WHEREAS: Each state has adopted the most advantageous measurement system to optimize communication with Right of Way consultants, appraisers, property owners, legal representatives, and local jurisdictional personnel, such as clerks of court; and

WHEREAS: The ability to clearly and effectively communicate information on maps and documents with property owners and others is critical to achieving the most effective and amicable Right of Way settlements and successful litigation; and

WHEREAS: Some States are using metric measurements only, some states are using U.S. customary units and some states are using dual Metric/English measurements in Right of Way maps and plans;

NOW, THEREFORE, Be it resolved that Members of the Highway Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities of the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials support the flexibility of each State to determine the most effective measurement system, including metric, U.S. customary units or dual measurements on Right of Way plans, maps, or legal documents within their own State.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Highway Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities of the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials requests that the Standing Committee on Highways and the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials support the flexibility of each State to determine the most effective measurement system, including metric, U.S. customary units or dual measurements on Right of Way plans, maps, or legal documents within their own State.