Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Sinno, Ralph

Committee Member

Greenwood, G. Allen

Committee Member

Zhang, Li

Committee Member

McAnally, H. William

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


A key element in moving highway construction projects forward is the ability to acquire the Right of Way (ROW) in a timely manner. Delay in the acquisition process due to multitude of causes will usually lead to major construction phase delays. Identifying the delay factors allows for better time management of the process. A detailed review of the acquisition process at the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is used as an example. Reviews of the process in neighboring states are also presented in order to determine other current practices and their likely impact on the acquisition duration. Descriptive and multivariable regression analysis of 35 randomly selected highway projects identified three variables “condemnation”, “number of parcels” and “revisions of plans” for the increase of acquisition duration. Using recognized software with analysis of variance stepwise regression a prediction model is developed and tested for the prediction of acquisition duration. These findings with new processes (forms) and an enhanced flow chart using current information technology procedures are introduced to reduce condemnation cases and to enhance the acquisition process.