This LPA manual is a compilation of information from many sources and is intended as a reference for administrative and field personnel in local governmental agencies. It is not intended to be a comprehensive document. Local Public Agencies (LPAs) must follow the minimum procedures outlined in this manual to secure the approvals needed to proceed with right of way acquisition on state or federal aid projects. The request for use of federal funds in right of way is to be coordinated with the regional Real Estate (RE) coordinator for WisDOT assigned to the area in which the local project is located. It is the responsibility of the LPA to ensure that all state and federal procedures and laws are followed. Also be aware that this manual is a sub-section of the larger Real Estate Program Manual (REPM). To obtain additional detailed information, direction and guidance relating to the policies and procedures as outlined and discussed throughout this manual, you should make frequent reference to the REPM, except that any form(s) linked as part of the REPM should be substituted for the equivalent LPA form(s). It is impractical, if not impossible, to address or anticipate all possible situations. The information contained within this manual is offered for use in understanding the policies of the WisDOT real estate program and is not meant to be the basis for creating absolute requirements or law except where state or federal law or administrative rules with the force of law apply. The Bureau of Technical Services-Real Estate (BTS-RE) management, on behalf of WisDOT, has the ability to exercise discretionary judgment in the use or application of this manual. Updates are made when practicable, but not instantly. BTS-RE is not responsible to provide notice to users when modifications are made. Insignificant format updates and/or corrections may not always be announced with an official revision date. Be aware that the official and current version is this electronic publication. Any use of a printed copy is discouraged as format and policy is subject to change. The existence, distribution, application and use of this manual do not constitute an acknowledgment or guarantee of outcome, expressed or implied, by WisDOT. Frequent references are made to the Wisconsin Statutes, the Real Estate Program Manual (REPM), and to the Facilities Development Manual (FDM). For assistance in using this manual, contact WisDOT Real Estate/Central Bureau Office.
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