What is a Right of Way (ROW) easement?

A right of way (ROW) is a type of agreement that allows a person or entity to pass through another’s land. For example, in the case of an electric transmission line, the ROW is a strip of land the electric utility uses to construct, maintain, or repair a large power line. The ROW easement is the legal document signed by the landowner that allows the utility to enter onto the land, build and/or maintain the power structure, and keep the ROW clear of vegetation, buildings, and other structures that could interfere with line.

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