Right-of-Way and Utility Risk Identification and Management

Recurring right-of-way (ROW) and utility risk factors could hinder the capability of state departments of transportation (DOTs) to deliver projects efficiently and within budget. Project delays and budget overruns often occur due to factors such as ROW research and design, appraisal process, acquisition challenges, utility facility locations, coordination issues, constructability concerns, temporary traffic control, and safety precautions. A comprehensive risk management process involves identification, assessment, mitigation, allocation, and monitoring of these risks throughout the project delivery process. Existing resources such as risk registers are available, but state DOTs need a more detailed approach to identify and manage utility and ROW-related risks. These approaches should promote collaboration consistent with project-level risk management strategies in other functional areas (e.g., environmental, hydraulics, traffic, construction) and develop methods to better assess risks quantitatively and qualitatively. To address these knowledge challenges, a holistic and cost-effective risk identification and management approach is essential, encompassing all project phases from planning to post-construction. Enhanced risk management strategies, which are based on detailed utility and ROW risk assessments, are critical for ensuring the timely, budget-conscious delivery of infrastructure projects. To manage ROW and utility issues during project delivery in an inclusive and economic manner, research is needed to develop essential measures to employ industry standard risk identification and management tools, strategies, and best practices. The objective of this research is to develop a framework and complementary tools for state DOTs to implement ROW and utility risk factor identification and management strategies during each project delivery phase.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $700000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-136

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    McKenney, Christopher

  • Start Date: 20240330
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01903909
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-136
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 2 2024 5:32PM