Guide for Right-of-Way Management with a Utility Awareness

Accommodating the utility infrastructure within the right-of-way (ROW) is recognized as a priority of public interest, which necessitates permitting authorized agencies to manage and integrate utility activities within the ROW. Additionally, accommodation requests from utility companies have increased due to the deregulation of telecommunication, Dig-Once guidelines, broadband initiatives, and other emerging trends, which previously restricted utility companies from occupying the ROW. State departments of transportation (DOTs) have identified limitations (e.g., managing project costs, schedules, and associated risks) to comprehensively review, manage, and inspect the utility installations with current available resources. Another concern is the quality of record management for utilities details and installation locations as well as accessing record drawings of new installations. Additionally, within state DOTs organizational structures (e.g., permitting, utility and broadband coordination, ROW engineering and acquisition, construction inspection, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS)), ROW management duties tend to occur among multiple departments that could affect activity alignment during the project delivery process. Research is needed to address the evolving business practices of ROW management to accommodate utility involvement and develop innovative utility accommodation approaches and strategies to align ROW management processes within a state DOT as well as a state DOT’s involvement with external stakeholders. The objective of this research is to develop a guide and complementary tools to assist state DOTs with issues related to ROW management and utility involvement.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $500000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-140

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    McKenney, Christopher

  • Start Date: 20240404
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01907934
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-140
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 12 2024 4:44PM