Starting in August and continuing through October, multiple contract survey crews will be working in public highway rights-of-way for the PATH project. Each contract survey crew, consisting of two or more people, will be using conventional and GPS (Global Positioning System) surveying equipment. The purpose of this activity is to support preliminary engineering studies for the PATH team. This surveying will not require the contacting of private property owners.
No, this doesn't mean they are considering routing PATH up the median of the interstate. It means that they will be utilizing what they believe are public road rights-of-way to do their surveying. Your property has road frontage (it doesn't have to be a highway) and as part of this, your property bordering the road is under easement for operating and maintaining the roadway. This doesn't necessarily mean that your particular easement is "public" for PATH's purposes. However, considering PATH's track record with "accidental" trespass on numerous properties in order to carry out their "surveys", be aware that many more "accidents" could reasonably be expected to happen, so keep an eye out and know the width of your particular easement so you can determine when the trespassing begins. If you have questions about this, consult an attorney.
If you're lucky enough to live in a subdivision with a privately maintained road system, you have every right to ask them to leave immediately.
You could wake up one morning, open the blinds, and come eye-to-eye with a PATH survey crew set up on the edge of your property along the roadside, with no prior notification or request for permission.
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