Portfolio Projects: Right of Way Acquisition and Relocation


Introduction

PEC Right-of-Way Acquisition/Relocation Team members have extensive working knowledge of all requirements of the laws governing acquisition of property and for providing relocation assistance services, having acquired and relocated hundreds owners and tenants for road and other public works projects since PEC’s inception in 1969. PEC balances the requirements of the multitude of laws and regulations governing acquisition and relocation to attain the best results for the Acquiring Agency and those impacted by projects.

The PEC Right-of-Way/Relocation Team has experience performing concurrent task orders while maintaining high quality work. In addition to managing Right-of-Way Acquisition /Relocation for the Louisiana TIMED Program, PEC has also worked on road/highway Projects for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge and on a sewage processing plant expansion for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sewage Commission. These projects were performed while following the Uniform Act, Section 8 Housing Program, and local policy and procedures.

PEC Team experience includes: title research and curative work, property surveys, creation of  maps/plans, management of the appraisal and appraisal review process, negotiations for right-of-way acquisition and relocation, and expropriation proceedings. We have acquired access rights, air control, controlled access, servitudes, rights of entry and fee title. We also conducted the right-of-way phase of the first Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Design-Build project. 


Service Type: Right of Way Acquisition and Relocation
Project Name:   Louisiana TIMED Program - Four-laning of the major US routes in LA
Project Location: State Wide
Client: LADOTD, Office of Highways & Louisiana TIMED Managers
Estimated Fee: $8,330,000.00

The TIMED (Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development) Program is the single largest transportation program in state history. The TIMED Program was created by Act 16 of the 1989 Louisiana Legislature. The $4.9 billion improvement program includes widening 536 miles of state highways to four lanes on 11 project corridors, widening and/or new construction on three major bridges and improvements to both the Port of New Orleans and Louis Armstrong International Airport. The Program is designed to enhance economic development in Louisiana through an investment in transportation projects.

As part of Louisiana TIMED Managers (LTM), PEC was contracted to manage and coordinate the acquisition of more than 2000 ownerships and relocation of more than 900 displacees on 42 project segments. The work was completed within a six year time frame. PEC is credited with cost savings of approximately $10 million on the projects, through innovative and efficient approaches to Right-of-Way acquisition and Relocation.

Using a team of 15 Right-of-Way subconsulting firms and 40 appraisers, PEC managed the Right-of-Way program following the requirements of the Uniform Act (49 CFR 24), and all applicable state laws. Project owners range from rural, predominantly residential to urban commercial development to industrial/commercial specialized relocations.  PEC provided oversight for appraisal services and is responsible for all Acquisition/Relocation Activities, including negotiations with landowners, approval of all administrative settlements, approval of all legal documents, approval of all RHP calculations, approval of Adversely Impacted designated displacees and expropriation suit package preparation. 

Significant relocation experience included Functional Replacements of Public Facilities, as well as relocating many churches, a lumber yard a Post Office, a fire station, a town hall, several cell towers, and most notably, a portion of Sunshine Oil Facility’s Tank Farm in Rilla, Louisiana.


Service Type: Right of Way Acquisition and Reolcation
Project Name:   The Green Light Plan
Project Location: East Baton Rouge Parish
Client: EBR Department of Public Works

Under the direction of Program Manager CSRS, Inc., PEC has been contracted to provide acquisition and relocation services to the City-Parish in support of the program goals of the Green Light Plan. The existing urban and rural roadway infrastructure in East Baton Rouge Parish is undercapacity to adequately and safely carry the number of vehicles moving daily to/from and within the City and Parish.   The City-Parish established the Green Light Plan to provide a means for accelerated roadway improvements.


Service Type: Right of Way Acquisition and Relocation
Project Name:   Ford Street (Plank Road to Mickens Road) City-Parish Project No. 04-CS-CI-0019
Project Location: East Baton Rouge Parish
Client: EBR Department of Public Works
Estimated Fee: $86,000

PEC is currently assigned 46 parcels with more than 208 owners on Project No. 04-CS-CI-0019. PEC is responsible for locating and contacting landowners, assisting property owners with curative title work, conducting negotiations, preparing sale documents, obtaining signatures, and preparing expropriation packages.    


Service Type: Right of Way Acquisition and Relocation
Project Name:   O'Neal Lane (Seg 1) East Baton Rouge Parish City-Parish Project No. 06-CS-HC-0023
Project Location: East Baton Rouge Parish
Client: EBR Department of Public Works
Estimated Const. Cost: $31,500.00

PEC completed acquisition of 15 parcels on Project No. 06-CS-HC-0023, of which 11 of which required complex negotiations with local and national businesses.  PEC was responsible for locating and contacting landowners, conducting negotiations, obtaining mortgage releases, preparing sale documents, obtaining signatures, and preparing expropriation packages.    


Service Type: Right of Way Acquisition and Relocation
Project Name:   The Green Light Plan
Stanford/Acadian Intersection Improvements
East Baton Rouge Parish City-Parish Project no. 04-CS-CI-0019
Project Location: East Baton Rouge Parish
Client: EBR Department of Public Works
Estimated Const. Cost: $39,100.00

PEC completed acquisition of 6 parcels with 3 additional parcels for relocation on Project No. 06-CS-TL-0034. PEC was responsible for locating and contacting landowners, assisting property owners with curative title work, conducting negotiations, performing occupant inventories, calculating RHPs and move costs, preparing sale documents, obtaining signatures, and preparing expropriation packages.    


Service Type: Right of Way Acquisition and Relocation
Project Name:   SWWTP Wet Weather Improvements - Phase I
East Baton Rouge Parish, Sewer Commision
City-Parish Project No. 06-TP-BD-0033
Project Location: East Baton Rouge Parish
Client: EBR Department of Public Works
Estimated Const. Cost: $325,000.00

The purpose of the Baton Rouge Sanitary Sewer Overflow Program is to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in compliance with a Consent Decree between the City-Parish and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Program goals must be accomplished by December 31, 2014.

Under the direction of Program Manager CH2MHill, PEC has been contracted to provide services to the City-Parish in support of the program goals of the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Program. PEC is currently assigned acquisition of 74 parcels, including 58 residential relocations.  The PEC Team is responsible for locating and contacting landowners, assisting property owners with curative title work, conducting negotiations, performing occupant inventories, calculating RHPs, rent supplements, and move costs, obtaining mortgage releases, preparing sale documents, obtaining signatures, and preparing expropriation packages.    


Service Type: Right of Way Acquisition and Relocation
Project Name:   Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development
Various Task Orders
Client: LDOTD

PEC was awarded a master contract from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) to provide professional land services on partial turnkey and turnkey projects. Responsibilities include title research,  preparation of title reports/updates, and all Acquisition/Relocation Activities, include: locating and contacting landowners, conducting negotiations, computing RHP calculations for approval by client LADOTD, preparing administrative settlements with justifications and recommendations, preparing sale documents, obtaining signatures, preparing vouchers for acquisition and relocation payments, obtaining tax payment information, obtaining mortgage certificates, mortgage releases or partial releases as needed, delivering payments to landowners, recording documents, and preparing expropriation packages. 

See details, below, for relevant projects.

Route I-49 & LA 173
CSLM 6.90 – Junction LA 126
I-49 North (LA 173 –  LA 169)
Caddo Parish, Louisiana
LA DOTD, Office of Highways
State Project No. 455-09-0012
Fee: - $59,758.00
Description:  PEC performed Professional Land Services on State Project No. 455-09-0012.  This project included research of and preparation of 6 title reports, negotiations with landowners for acquisition of 28 parcels, including preparation of agreements for 4 oil wells and 4 pipelines. PEC also surveyed the right-of-way for the LA DOTD. The Scope of Work is defined above in greater detail.

Route I-49 & LA 170
CSLM 6.90 – Junction LA 126
I-49 North (LA 530 – LA 170)
Caddo Parish, Louisiana
LA DOTD, Office of Highways
State Project No. 455-09-0013
Fee: - $355,248.00
Description:  PEC performed Professional Land Services on State Project No. 455-09-0013. This project included research of and preparation of 10 title reports, negotiations with 255 property owners for the acquisition of 25 parcels. There were 51 oil wells on the project, necessitating 10 oil well agreements and 11 pipeline agreements. Additionally, PEC completed 3 residential relocations, PEC surveyed the right-of-way for the LA DOTD. The Scope of Work is defined above in greater detail.

Route I-49 & LA 170
CSLM 6.90 – Junction LA 126
I-49 North (LA 170 – US 71)
Caddo Parish, Louisiana
LA DOTD, Office of Highways
State Project No. 455-09-0014
Fee: - $118,800.00
Description:  PEC performed Professional Land Services on State Project No. 455-09-0014.  This project included research of and preparation of 5 title reports, negotiations with landowners for acquisition of 18 parcels. The 15 oils wells on the project required the negotiation and preparation of 5 oil well agreements and 5 pipeline agreements. PEC conducted a survey of the right-of-way for the LA DOTD. The Scope of Work is defined above in greater detail.

Route I-49 & LA 170
CSLM 6.90 – Junction LA 126
I-49 North (LA 169 – LA 530)
Caddo Parish, Louisiana
LA DOTD, Office of Highways
State Project No. 455-09-0019
Fee: - $212,832.00
Description: PEC is currently performing Professional Land Services on State Project No. 455-09-0013. This project includes research of and preparation of 22  title reports, negotiations with 146 property owners for the acquisition of 41 parcels, with 3 relocations.. There are 22 oil wells on the project, which will require the negotiation and preparation of 5 oil well agreements and 5 pipeline agreements. PEC also surveyed the right-of-way for the LA DOTD. The Scope of Work is defined above in greater detail.

Route US 34
CSLM 6.90 – Junction LA 126
Winn Parish, Louisiana
LA DOTD, Office of Highways
State Project No. 124-01-0017
Fee: - $166,000.00
Description:  In 2008, PEC performed Professional Land Services on State Project No. 124-01-0017 as a partial turnkey project for the LA DOTD.  This project included negotiations with landowners for acquisition of 16 parcels, with three relocations and one expropriation for deficient title.   The Scope of Work is defined above in greater detail.

Route LA 426
Old Hammond Highway
(US 61 to Blvd. De Province Blvd.),
East Baton Rouge Parish, LA
LADOTD, Office of Highways
Fee: - $774,783.00
Description:  PEC was assigned to manage the acquisition of 144 parcels and relocation assistance for 18 displacees. During the course of the acquisition phase of the project, PEC was responsible for ensuring that all phases of the acquisition process were accomplished as necessary (from review of title reports through recordation of property acquisition and file completion) following the requirements of the Uniform Act and all applicable state laws.  PEC was responsible for ensuring that all displacees were relocated in accordance with URA and LDOTD requirements (from eligibility status through relocation of displacees and file completion).  PEC was also responsible for supervising all negotiating and/or relocation agents to ensure negotiations, relocation, and documentation were completed in accordance with URA and LDOTD guidelines and performed QA/QC of all files prior to turnover to LDOTD.