UDOT’s Acquisition Services Team is responsible for acquiring property needed for highway projects. This complex process involves working with other Divisions to identify property needed for projects, identifying the owner(s) of those properties, having the properties valued, reviewing those valuations to determine just compensation, and making an offer to purchase the property from the landowner(s). Negotiations follow, which can run a wide range of outcomes, from real estate purchase contracts to occupancy agreements to litigation. Relocation assistance is also available to property owners that are displaced as a result of a project.
For more information regarding acquisition services please see the links below.
Individuals/Businesses Impacted by UDOT Projects
Acquisition and Relocation Services (active projects):
Corridor Preservation (future projects):
The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 formally introduced the concept of corridor preservation, requiring states to consider “preservation of rights of way for construction of future transportation projects…and identify those corridors for which action is most needed to prevent destruction or loss.”
While strongly promoted at the federal level, it has been left to the individual states to develop techniques and programs for corridor preservation. In 1996, the Utah Legislature created the Marda Dillree Corridor Preservation Fund. For more information please see Utah Code 72-7-117.
Through the Marda Dillree Corridor Preservation Fund, UDOT works to preserve future transportation corridors by acquiring rights of way that meet certain eligibility requirements. If you are interested in selling your property to the state for corridor preservation purposes, please follow the links below.
It is important to note that corridor preservation is voluntary, and the power of eminent domain cannot and will not be used for such purposes. As a result, UDOT is required to provide the following notice to parties engaging in a corridor preservation sale pursuant to Utah Code 72-5-4-7 (and this notice will appear in all contracts for corridor preservation sales):
By signing below, Grantor acknowledges that it has received notice that because the Grantor has agreed to sell the property to a governmental entity on a voluntary basis (1) if this is greenbelt property, Grantor is required to pay any rollback taxes in accordance with Utah Code 59-2-511(2)(b); and (2) Grantor is not eligible to receive relocation assistance under Utah Code, Title 57, Chapter 12, Utah Relocation Assistance Act. Grantor further acknowledges that it has received notice that if Grantor does not sell the property to a governmental entity on a voluntary basis and a governmental entity later acquires the property under eminent domain or under the threat or imminence of eminent domain proceedings: (1) if this is a greenbelt property, Grantor would not be required to pay the rollback tax in accordance with Utah Code 59-2-511(3); and (2) Grantor may be eligible to receive relocation assistance under Utah Code, Title 57, Chapter 12, Utah Relocation Assistance Act.
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