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About Right of Way records

For best results, start searches as broad as possible (one field). Click here for more information on how to use this search tool. These drop-down searches have known issues with some versions of Internet Explorer. We recommend using Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Microsoft Edge for complete functionality.

How to Use This Tool

This tool prepares a search of the historic Right of Way Division records of the Texas Department of Transportation in the Texas Digital Archive (TDA). Click on “Search the Texas Digital Archive” to search the TDA using the options you select.

The records are divided by District and are actively being digitized on a district-by-district basis. Occasionally records are found filed within one district but meant to be included in another district so completed districts may see minor additions over time. Within each district records are organized by nine digit control number. Due to the volume of records involved, the options in this search tool will only be updated when a district is most likely complete. For the most recent visual representation of the current district names and boundaries, go to https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/district.html.

Selecting a specific district will limit results to just that district. Be aware that district boundaries may have changed over time. Highway names are based on how they are listed in the record, which can change over time relative to the current name of the roadway. It is recommended that users search with multiple variations of highway names if attempting to locate a record by highway and not getting the desired results.

About the Right of Way Division records

These records include conveyances, maps, and titles for property owned by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Right of Way Division. The Right of Way Division coordinates the acquisition of land to build, widen, or enhance highways and provides relocation assistance when needed. The division also coordinates utility adjustments, and the disposition and leasing of surplus real property owned by TxDOT. The records document these land transfers and date from 1913 to 2017, and some records are undated. The records are part of an ongoing digitization project by TxDOT that began with the Austin District; the project will continue with other major-municipality districts and finish with the less populous ones. Records within a district are organized by a CCSJ or RCSJ identifier. Each document within a CCSJ/RCSJ is numbered based on the order in which it was digitized; the number assigned to a document is not a Department of Transportation identifier. A district is usually spread across several counties but may not encompass all of a county. County borders can shift over time and counties listed for a document are based on the county boundaries at the time the record was created.

See the finding aid for more information about the Right of Way Division records.

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