Pocono Chapter

  • 10 Sep 2015
  • 7:00 PM
  • Clarks Summit, PA

Pocono Chapter Meeting

Topic: Pennsylvania State Highway Easement And Lesser Interests

Speaker: Chet Lukasiewicz, PLS - PennDOT District 4-0 Survey Manager

Date: September 10, 2015

Time: 7:00 PM

JJ Bridges Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, PA 


  1. Pennsylvania State Highway Easement defined: While not a “fee”, a highway easement is not a mere “easement” or “right of way”. It is more. It is the right to the actual and exclusive possession of the property at all times and for all purposes, and includes the right to build on the land, fence it in, and exclude other uses. This estate, taken from an owner under the right of eminent domain, has no further practical value to the owner in view of the rights of the state in it, unless the easement is formally abandoned.
    • Acquisition used before 1979 (see copy Section 210 of State Highway law of 1945)
    • Current policy is to acquire in fee (see copy of Act 100 of the Administrative Code of 1929 amended)
    • Property retracement centerline versus Highway easement centerline 
    • Property retracements for department acquisitions 
  2. Notable lesser interests (and various others) 
    • Slope easements
    • Aerial easements
    • Drainage easements
    • Channel easements
    • Flowage easements
    • Temporary construction easements
    • Underground support easements
    • Sound barrier easements
    • Sight distance easements 
  3. Monumentation of right of way lines
    • Only required for fee takes
    • Monuments at break points 
    • Permanent referencing 
    • Project coordinates (PA State Plane) 
  4. Abandonment and vacation
  5. Dispositon of right of way

Speaker: Chet Lukasiewicz P.L.S.-District 4-0 Survey Manager is a 1978 graduate of The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus Survey program. He has spent 29 years with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Design Division-Survey unit and 7 years in the private sector.

RSVP to Brian Zick at bzick@shumakerengineering.com.

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