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Region 4 Right of Way and Utilities Section
About the Right of Way and Utilities Section

Our Mission in the Right of Way Section is timely, well managed and effective acquisition of real property and improvements necessary for the construction and maintenance of Oregon's transportation system. We also work to maximize the return on the Highway Trust Fund’s real property investment through efficient management and sale of surplus property.
Core Values of the Right of Way Section
We are dedicated:
  • to providing timely, effective acquisition of properties needed for construction, improvement or maintenance of transportation infrastructure and public facilities.
  • to complying with the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Section 18 of Article 1 of the Oregon Constitution when acquiring real property.
  • to ensuring professional, equitable and fair treatment of individuals and businesses that are required to sell land or to move because of acquisition of their property.
  • to quality work, excellent customer service, and responsible fiscal management.
  • to open communication, honesty and professional relationships with owners, employees, the public, user groups, the legislature, local governments, contractors, consultants, and other programs.
The Bend Right of Way section provides expertise in real estate matters and provides consultation and advisory assistance on teams and committees as needed in Region 4. In cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Right of Way Section implements Public Law 91-646, the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Polices Act of 1970, as amended, the Oregon Department of Transportation Right of Way Manual and various state and federal administrative policies and laws. 
Foremost responsibilities of the Region 4 Right of Way Section
  • Acquisition of property, contracting for and producing appraisals, relocation of displaced persons and businesses, and management of real property acquired for public transportation projects.
  • Right of Way Project management including but not limited to;
    • participation in advisory and oversight roles for local government agencies utilizing federal funds to develop and construct projects,
    • contracting for other services related to property acquisition and management,
    • advisory roles to the community, staff and consultants,
    • estimating project specific right of way costs,
    • maintaining accurate budgets,
    • managing right of way project timelines,
    • providing support for other Region 4 duties, and
    • support of Right of Way programs administered out of Salem.
Some of the programs administered out of the Salem Right of Way Section
  • Property Management (Properties for Sale)
  • Outdoor Advertising Sign Program
  • Railroad Acquisition/Relocation
  • Appraisal Review
  • Title and Escrow services
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Condemnation Case Management
  • Access Research
  • Jurisdictional Transfers
Right of Way Section
63055 N. Highway 97, Bldg. M
Bend, OR  97703
David Brown
Right of Way/Survey/Utilities Manager
541-388-6197 ​
​​Nancy Bushaw 
Office Coordinator 
Mary Whitaker
Sr. Right of Way Agent
Robert Hardie
Right of Way Agent
Terry Pistole
Sr. Right of Way Agent
Marv Brophy
Right of Way Agent
Jenny Kneece
Sr. Right of Way Agent
Barry Zelmer
Region Utility Specialist
Resources and Links

ODOT Right of Way Homepage

Uniform Act of 1970
Right of Way Manual Outdoor Advertising Sign Program
​Surplus Property for Sale Public Records Request
Utility Relocation Guide​