The public right-of-way is an area of land owned or controlled by the City. It is where streets and sidewalks are located and may contain a buffer area beyond the edge of the sidewalk. Street trees or public utilities, such as electrical and water lines, are often located in this area. Bike paths may be located within the right-of-way.
The public right-of-way may not be constructed to current standards with streets, curbs, sidewalks and may look different than adjacent property. It includes the surface, as well as above and below ground. Most areas that are not private property or owned by other governmental agencies, such as Parks and Recreation or Montana Department of Transportation, are part of the public right-of-way.