What Is Right Of Way?
Right-of-way (ROW) is land which is owned by the City to provide a location for the construction of streets, sidewalks, and utilities. Typically, the width of public ROW is 50, 60, or 64 feet, although other widths may occur.
ROW is always wider than the street. If a 50-foot wide ROW has a 26-foot wide street, then there is a 12-foot wide area behind the curb on both sides of the street which is owned by the City, providing that street is centered in the ROW. Property owners can not encroach upon public ROW with fences, walls, or buildings since this may conflict with the use of ROW for utilities and sidewalks.
Blocking The Right Of Way
If the ROW needs to be blocked at any time, please contact the Engineering Department at 563.589.4159. A permit will need to be filled out.