If your property is being considered for use for new roads or highways, whether through eminent domain or other means of acquisition, it is important to know your rights. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has issued a Right-of-Way Manual “to provide guidance in all phases of acquiring, managing, and disposing of real property. It is based on federal and state statutes, rules, policies, and procedures related to the real estate, condemnation, and relocation.” The manual is frequently updated so contains current information. You may also wish to view CDOT’s publication entitled Your Rights and Benefits as a Highway Relocatee, available from our library. CDOT has also recently issued a new set of brochures including an introduction to right-of-way, information for residential property owners and tenants, and information for businesses, farms, and nonprofits. Each brochure is available both in English and in Spanish.
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