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Right of Way Survey of Regional Cities

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Reviewed Date: April 15, 2021


Original Author: 
McMillen, Dawn
Date of Material: 
Nov 16, 2016

Right of way

Right of Way Survey of Regional Cities

Five cities responded to an MTAS survey that was sent to 20 cities in the region about public use of right of way.

MTAS Research and Information Center
Right of Way Survey | November 2016


Huntsville, AL
Houston Matthews
Assistant County Engineer
Madison County Public Works

Unable to participate

Mobile, AL
Melissa Mutert
City of Mobile

Mobile charges a fee for use of the Public Right of Way of $1.01-$2.00 per linear foot. The city does not charge fees based on the revenue of the company utilizing the Right of Way. There are no processing fees or reasons for the city to discount or waive fees. Alabama does not limit the amount of space or the sharing of space on the Right of Way.

Athens/Clarke County, GA
Barbara Scott
Right of Way Agent
Athens/Clarke County, GA
706-613-3440 x365

Unable to complete the questionnaire since the issues covered in our survey were currently unresolved in Athens/Clarke County.

Augusta, GA
Tom Wiedemeier
Director, Utilities Department
Augusta, GA

The following information was provided:
Electric utilities – GA Power, Jefferson Electric pay 4% of gross revenue
Telephone Co – AT&T, Bellsouth pay 3% of gross revenue
Television/cable providers – WOW, Comcast pay 5% of gross revenue
Gas companies – Atlanta gas pay based on a formula which included Design Day Capacity

Additionally, Augusta, GA has ordinances approving these franchise fees which can be located on the following website: www.augustaga.gov. Gross revenue is defined in O.C.G.A section 36-76-2, which is the definition that Augusta uses.

Clarksville, TN
Mike Baker
Director, Buildings and Codes Department
City of Clarksville

There are no fees charged for usage of the Public Right of Way.

Knoxville, TN
Tony Vandergriff
Engineering Tech III
City of Knoxville

Unable to participate

Nashville, TN
Mark Macy
Professional Engineer
Nashville & Davidson County

Nashville only charges standard fees for working in the Right of Way, this is the same for any contractor, lane closure, excavation, etc. Nashville does not limit space, it is available on a first come, first serve basis.


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