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Streets and Highways Code - SHC


  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 29. )

CHAPTER 6. Highway Proceedings Affecting Private Property [854 - 876]

  ( Heading of Chapter 6 added by Stats. 1935, Ch. 689. )

ARTICLE 2. Establishment of Boundaries [862 - 870]
  ( Heading of Article 2 added by Stats. 1935, Ch. 689. )


The department may proceed as provided in this article to establish the boundaries of any State highway right of way where such boundaries are unknown or uncertain.

(Added by Stats. 1935, Ch. 689.)


A right of way map shall be filed as provided in section 128, showing such boundaries as are claimed by the State. Such map shall delineate such boundaries to be established with sufficient detail to enable the lines to be located on the ground by survey.

(Added by Stats. 1935, Ch. 689.)


After filing such map, the department shall publish a notice at least once in a newspaper of general circulation published in the county wherein the unknown or uncertain boundaries are located. Such notice shall contain:

(a) A statement that proceedings are being taken under this article of this code for the establishment of the boundaries of a certain section of highway, describing such section briefly.

(b) A reference to the said recorded map, by number, or map book and page, for definite information as to said boundaries.

(c) An address within the county at which objections in writing to such boundaries may be filed.

(d) A statement that failure to file such objection within six months from the date of publication of notice constitutes a waiver of any owner’s rights to object to the boundaries so established.

(Added by Stats. 1935, Ch. 689.)


Within fifteen days from the publication of such notice, the department shall post signs along and approximately on the boundaries delineated on such map in conspicuous places and at intervals of not more than one-fourth of a mile, and in no event no less than three signs. Such signs shall bear in letters at least one inch high the words “Highway Line” and in smaller print shall state:

(a) All the information required in the notice provided for in section 864.

(b) The date of the publication of such notice.

(Added by Stats. 1935, Ch. 689.)


The department shall restore any such signs which have been destroyed or become illegible in the third month after the first posting.

(Added by Stats. 1935, Ch. 689.)


Any owner of property abutting on any highway, the boundary of which is so proposed to be established, who disputes the correctness of the highway boundary claimed and so proposed to be established, must file his written objection at the place specified in said notice within six months of the date of publication of notice, specifying in what respect and to what extent the proposed boundary, as it affects his property, is erroneous.

(Added by Stats. 1935, Ch. 689.)


Any owner who fails to file such objection within such six months period waives his right to object and is conclusively presumed to have agreed to the boundary delineated on the map and the same becomes, as to his property, the agreed and established boundary of such highway.

(Added by Stats. 1935, Ch. 689.)


If an objection is filed the department shall not perform any work on the property claimed by the objector until it has been finally determined by a court of competent jurisdiction that the objection filed is without merit or until the probable compensation has been deposited for the person filing the objection as provided in Article 1 (commencing with Section 1255.010) of Chapter 6 of, or the amount of the award has been deposited as provided in Article 2 (commencing with Section 1268.110) of Chapter 11 of, Title 7 of Part 3 of the Code of Civil Procedure. This section shall not apply insofar as any objector may make claim to a part of the established traveled way.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1240.)


The proceedings hereby authorized may be taken only to establish the boundary of a public easement for highway purposes, and it is not presumed that any nonobjecting owner has agreed to any greater interest than an easement in the public.

(Added by Stats. 1935, Ch. 689.)

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