The Department of Transportation could offer the sale of excess trunk highway land to adjacent landowners at appraised market value, instead of through a bid or auction process, under a bill passed by the House Thursday.HF859 would amend MnDOT’s procedure for transferring surplus highway land, as well as authorize the turnback of some parcels to counties and the Minnesota Historical Society.
Under the bill, MnDOT would also be authorized to sell excess land that remains unsold after an offer to the highest bidder to anyone willing to pay the minimum public sale bid amount, and would be authorized to use a real estate broker to sell lands once they are withdrawn from sale.
Other measures included in the bill would:
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