Right of Way Bureau

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The Right of Way Bureau

is responsible for ensuring strategic oversight of all right of way activities, providing fair property valuations, and conducting effective negotiations with property owners impacted by highway improvement projects. We support the NMDOT to assist Department right of way personnel and other governmental agencies when utilizing Federal-aid funds in complying with both state and federal laws, regulations, and directives.

Ricky Mok, Bureau Chief

Operations Section

vacant, Section Manager

Operations Section oversees the Acquisition Unit, Relocation and Specialty Unit, and Lands Abstracting Unit, keeping track of all projects and ensure the quality of work compliance with the Uniform Act, CFR and NMDOT Handbook.

Valuation Section

vacant, Section Manager

The Valuation Section oversees the Appraisal Unit and the Appraisal Review Unit and is responsible for the evaluation and valuation of real property subject to acquisition or disposition by the Department.

Acquisition Unit

Jeff Valdez, Supervisor

The Acquisition Unit acquires real estate needed for road construction projects involving private land owners, commercial business owners and local municipalities.

Lands Abstracting Unit

Adrianne Montoya, Lands Abstracting Unit Supervisor

The Lands Abstracting Unit creates title reports determining ownership of land to be used or acquired for Right of Way with requirements necessary to vest title into the Department of Transportation for the state of New Mexico free and clear of any encumbrances.  This includes oversight of consultant project reports needed for Right of Way.

Relocation/Specialty Unit

Lee Cabeza de Vaca – Supervisor

The Relocation/Specialty Unit addresses Right of Way functions involving Tribal/Local Government, Relocation Assistance, Water Rights, Federal and State Government lands.

Appraisal Unit

Anthony Gonzales, Appraisal Unit Supervisor

The Appraisal Unit provides fair market value estimates of real property and conducts other studies and performs other valuation tasks that will support the Department’s mission.

Appraisal Review Unit

Dennis Bersosa, Appraisal Review Unit Supervisor

The Appraisal Review Unit reviews and evaluates appraisals to ensure quality and compliance to support the Department’s mission.

Property Management Section

Jeremy Lujan, Manager

The property management unit manages real property owned by NMDOT and is also responsible for sales, right of way use agreements, leases, encroachments, and other property transactions with respect to NMDOT right of way.

Budget and Audit Unit

Yvonne Valdes, Budget and Audit Unit Supervisor

Record Management Unit

Cheryl Vigil – Manager