Committee on Right of Way, Utilities and Outdoor Advertising Control

AASHTO Liaison
Casey Soneira, Program Manager for Engineering
Marlon Spinks , AASHTO Engineering Fellow

Committee Charter

Vision Statement
An effective voice for public acquisition and management of real property, including utility accommodation and relocation, for transportation purposes that results in maximizing the quality, integrity and efficiency of national transportation programs.

Mission Statement
In accordance with the AASHTO Governing Documents, Board of Directors’ Policy Manual, which establishes the mission of the Committee, to provide a forum through which all members are able to participate in affecting positive change and improvement in right of way and utility coordination issues through sharing of experiences, practices, and innovations.

Emphasis Areas
​Provide opportunities to share technical expertise, procedures, and practices among Committee members, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and others; and support an innovative, creative environment for new approaches to common challenges.

We are committed to an annual committee conference that includes member departments, FHWA, consultants and industry partners. We also have created an electronic network by which all member departments through their respective committee directors or designees are able to hear from each other on areas of concern. We emphasize the importance of being innovative in ways to find efficiencies.

Encourage excellence through research and educational opportunities in right of way, utilities, and project development. We maintain partnerships with FHWA, the National Highway Institute and the International Right of Way Association (IRWA), and are committed to researching other opportunities to succeed in this area.

Review and if appropriate recommend changes to existing laws and regulations to improve the quality and efficiency of right of way and utility programs. We recognize the need to work with FHWA and respective member states to ensure that statutes and regulations permit, whenever possible, the most effective policies and practices.

Communicate information to, or disseminate information from, the AASHTO Council on Highways and Streets (CHS) as appropriate or required.

The Steering Committee, through its Chairman, coordinates all necessary information to CHS. Directors or their designees provide assistance in generating issues or providing feedback on submittals to ensure that all member departments are represented.