Rights of Way

What Is a Right of Way (ROW)?


A right-of-way is the entire area of the street or alley, including the pavement itself.  Also, the distance of the unpaved area strip of land that is directly adjacent a public road which may or may not have a curb and gutter varies widely, depending on the pavement width and width of the actual right-of-way. For example, most water meters are located in the ROW close to the street.

The seam of a concrete driveway approach is also a good indication of the depth of a right-of-way line.  It is the responsibility of each property owner or resident to maintain the portion of the right-of-way on his or her property that requires mowing or sweeping.