Mapping is a statutory process (Wis. Stats. 84.295) WisDOT uses to
protect and preserve right of way for future transportation needs.
After extensive coordination with landowners and other stakeholders, a
draft map is created. This map consists of one or more sheets of
drawings that legally define and depict the location and amount of
right of way needed. The right of way is broken into parcels based on
existing property ownership. A public hearing is held for all
interested persons to review and comment on the draft map. The map is
then finalized and recorded in the county in which it is located. The
mapped land remains in private ownership but a description of each
owner's parcel is created and recorded so that all current and future
landowners are aware that the map exists.
The lands through which the Viroqua and Westby bypasses would cross
are relatively undeveloped at this time. The official mapping makes it
easier to avoid or minimize impacts to homes, businesses, and
sensitive habitat. Maintaining the corridor in the same relatively
undeveloped condition until the bypasses are needed is advantageous.
Future right of way acquisition costs associated with buying future
buildings and improvements will likely be less. Likewise, the need to
realign the corridor to avoid future developments will be less likely.
Often, such realignments result in an increase in overall
environmental impacts on the replacement alignment. Ultimately,
mapping greatly increases the likelihood that the land needed for the
future improvement will remain available and at a reasonable cost,
saving taxpayers money and avoiding the need to move the proposed
roadway somewhere else that is less desirable.
Because of the long-term nature of the proposed improvements to US
14/61, it is critical that the four-lane bypass “footprint” for both
Viroqua and Westby and expressway improvements not only be identified,
but also preserved for the future. The planned bypass corridors are
not currently fully protected from future growth and development.
Additionally, the corridors are also currently only identified as
two-lane facilities and would therefore have to be further updated to
allow for preserving land for a four-lane facility.
The accuracy varies depending upon circumstances. The accuracy of
the US 14/61 official map will be the same as required for final
highway plans. This will include the accurate location of all property
boundaries and identification of current landowners.
If your property falls within the area shown on the WisDOT official
map, you will:
Receive a formal letter from WisDOT informing you of this
Have the official map notification recorded on your property
The only requirement from that point on is that you must notify
WisDOT 60 days in advance of any construction on the portion of your
property that is within mapped limits. This is defined as erecting or
moving in a new structure, or in some way altering an existing one.
Upon receipt of that notification from the landowner, WisDOT will make
a determination to either purchase the property at fair market value
or allow the proposed private alteration to occur. If the property is
acquired at a later date, the owner will receive full compensation for
If a landowner makes any alteration to the mapped portion of the
property without providing this notification, WisDOT is not required
to compensate the owner for that improvement if/when WisDOT decides to
purchase the property.
Having your property on an official map doesn’t affect your right
to sell the property. Sellers should disclose to prospective buyers
that the property is on an official map. Once officially mapped and
recorded, a title search for the property should also identify it as
being officially mapped.