Chapter 11: LAYING OUT, ALTERING AND DISCONTINUING HIGHWAYS
§653. Highway boundaries
The department may establish the boundary lines, limits or locations of any or all
state highways and state aid highways and cause durable monuments to be erected at
the angles thereof.
1999, c. 188, §1 (NEW)
2.Reestablishment of lost or doubtful boundaries.
Whenever in the opinion of the department the boundary lines, limits or location
of any state highway or state aid highway or any part thereof are lost, uncertain
or doubtful, the department may reestablish those lines, limits or location; land
lying within those lines is a part of the highway right-of-way. The department shall
file with the town clerk of the town in which the highway is located and with the
registry of deeds in the county in which the highway is located maps showing the boundary
lines, limits or location of such a reestablished highway, and those lines, boundaries,
limits and location are those of the reestablished highway. The department shall post
descriptions of those parts of such highways that lie within towns in one conspicuous
place in those towns and at 2 points along the highway, and it shall publish a description
of those parts of highways that lie within any county in a newspaper, if any, in that
In the absence of record, plan or layout sufficient to reestablish the boundary lines,
limits or location of a state highway or state aid highway, the width of a state highway
or state aid highway is deemed to extend to and include the area lying outside the
shoulders and ditch lines and within any landmarks or historic features such as fences,
fence posts, tree rows, stone walls, corner stones or other monuments indicating the
In the absence of record, plan or layout or any landmarks or historic features that
evidence the location of the boundaries of the right-of-way, the width of a state
highway or state aid highway is deemed to extend to and include the sidewalks, shoulders
and ditch lines adjacent to that highway and to the top of cuts or toe of fills where
Any person aggrieved by the reestablishment of boundary lines, limits and location
of a reestablished highway may file a complaint for the assessment of damages to the
Superior Court in the county where the reestablished highway is located within 60
days from the filing of maps with the registry of deeds, and not thereafter, and the
court shall assess the damages, if any, by jury, as long as the reestablished boundary
lines, limits or location are not the same as originally established. The department
shall pay from its funds all expenses incurred and the amount of final judgment and
costs if damages are awarded, except that the amount of the final judgment and costs
must be paid by the plaintiff if the plaintiff fails to recover any damages.
1999, c. 188, §1 (NEW)
1971, c. 593, §22 (AMD).
1999, c. 188, §1 (RPR).
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