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[INDOT] Review Finds INDOT’s Negotiated Land Purchases in Compliance
Start Date: 5/15/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/15/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Review Finds INDOT’s Negotiated Land Purchases in Compliance

 

INDIANAPOLIS – The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today published a report summarizing its joint compliance review of Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) files and practices for land purchases negotiated on federally-funded highway projects around the state.

 

A team comprised of members of INDOT’s Real Estate Division and FHWA realty staff based in Indiana, Texas, Georgia and Washington, D.C., reviewed 50 land purchases from the last three years for projects that included U.S. 31 Hamilton County, the Hoosier Heartland and Interstate 69, among others.

 

The report determined that, with the exception of a few isolated files, INDOT records were adequate and sufficient to support administrative settlements, and demonstrated substantial compliance with federal recordkeeping guidelines and policies.

 

The report notes that INDOT has already taken steps to address issues identified during the review by supplementing parcel files with additional documentation, initiating an update of INDOT’s Real Estate Manuals and planning to offer comprehensive right-of-way training for staff and consultants. The report recommends that appraisers review any counter offers and additional written notices be provided to property owners.

 

In addition, the review recognized successful INDOT practices that save time and tax dollars to be shared with other state DOTs. These include “kitchen table meetings” with I-69 Section 4 property owners, which were previously recognized with national engineering awards, and the use of acquisition incentives and right of entries to expedite project delivery.

 

The full report may be found on INDOT’s website at http://www.in.gov/indot/files/Final_Report_(2).pdf.

Contact Information:
Name: Will Wingfield
Phone: 317-233-4675
Email: wwingfield@indot.in.gov
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