What are street rights-of-way & easement areas?
A street rights-of-way is publicly dedicated land area that contains the paved street surface, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, and other infrastructure like storm water inlets and street lights. The street rights-of-way land area may also contain utility lines, like water lines, gas lines, sanitary sewer lines, phone and fiber lines, all needed to provide various utility services to properties.
Utility easements are dedicated areas of a property for utility companies to deliver services such as electricity, gas, water, sanitary sewer, telephone, internet and cable. The land belongs to the property owner, but utility companies generally have a right to access easement areas to perform routine maintenance, construct improvement projects and repair utility lines.