The Compilation and Usage of Condemnation Proceedings Data

Report No: 73-R22

Published in 1973

About the report:

1. Although there appear to be many factors which affect the magnitude of awards in right-of-way condemnations, the problem of testing for the significance of those factors is not insurmountable. This report provides an example of such testing. 2. There appears to be no significant relationship between the months delay from the date of original offer by the state to the landowner and the time a case goes to court. 3. The type of project (state or interstate) has no significant effect on the percentage increase in award over the original offer stated in the certificate. 4.The lower the absolute magnitude of the certificate, the greater is the percentage increase in award when a case goes to court, 5. Experienced commissioners don't grant awards which tend to be as large in relationship to the original certificate as do inexperienced commissioners. 6. In order to more fully explain the variation in awards granted in condemnation cases, several variables in addition to those enumerated in this report would have to be used.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Gary R. Allen, Ph.D.

Last updated: February 7, 2024

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