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The term route survey refers to surveys necessary for the location and construction of lines of transportation or communication that continue across country for some distance, such as highways, railroads, open-conduit systems, pipelines, and power/telecom lines. Generally, the preliminary survey for this work takes the form of a topographic survey.

In the final stage, the work may consist of the following:

  • Locating the center line, usually marked by stakes at required interval called Stations.
  • Determining elevations along and across the center line for plotting profile and cross sections.
  • Plotting the profile and cross sections and fixing the grades.
  • Computing the volumes of earthwork and pre paring a mass diagram.
  • Staking out the extremities for cuts and fills.
  • Determining drainage areas to be used in the design of ditches and culverts.
  • Laying out structures, such as bridges and culverts 8. Locating right-of-way boundaries, as well as staking out fence lines, if necessary.

The Importance of Performing Route Surveys

When is a Route Survey Mandated?

 INDOT & Local Public Agency (LPA) projects that require new Right of Way (with exception) *Exception – the term does not include surveys executed for acquisition parcels that are of even width and immediately adjacent to an existing title, easement, or right-of-way line and do not require a property survey in order to prepare an accurate legal description for the parcel. Civil Engineering | Surveying | Inspection • Current ownership and parcel identification of potentially affected owners • Recreate control alignments from original project plans • Cross references recorded LCRS with individual plats • Common project coordinates for future Construction/ Right of Way layout • Graphically shows relationship between route survey control alignment and section lines • Establishes reference ties to recreate all alignments at a later date • Limits client liability What are the Advantages of a Route Survey? Civil Engineering | Surveying | Inspection Civil Engineering | Surveying | Inspection

What are the Minimum Standards of a Route Survey?

 Comply with Indiana Administrative Code Title 865, Rule 12 adopted June 12, 1988 Governs: • Research Required • Fieldwork Procedures • Measurement Requirements • Recording • Monumentation Civil Engineering | Surveying | Inspection

 What is Included in a Route Survey?

 A Plat & Report Showing: • Route Survey Control Line or Lines • Apparent Boundary, Right of Way and Occupation Lines • Current Deed of Record • Section Lines • Surveyor’s Report Civil Engineering | Surveying | Inspection

Corner Information CITY OF INDIANAPOLISCITY OF INDIANAPOLIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS SURVEYOR’S REPORT SV-45 DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS SURVEYOR’S REPORT SV-45 Civil Engineering | Surveying | Inspection What Does a LCRS Surveyors Report Look Like? Civil Engineering | Surveying | Inspection

 What are the Next Steps?

 • Construction Plans

• Additional Right of Way Required

• Parcel Plat and Legal Description

• Appraisal / Buying Process

 • Construction

• Completed Project Civil Engineering | Surveying | Inspection Construction Plans Typical Plan and Profile Sheet (Provided by Engineer) Instrument Number of the recorded LCRS The location of the parcel. Acreage of the proposed Acquisition. Instrument no. of the affected parcel Location of the Parcel Parcel taking Alignment Points referenced in the LCRS Alignment from the LCRS Parcel Plat and Legal Description Alignment from the LCRS Parcel taking Alignment Points referenced in the LCRS Location of the Parcel Instrument number of the affected parcel Instrument number of the affected parcel Acreage of the Proposed Acquisition Civil Engineering | Surveying | Inspection