Improving Relationships between DOTs and Utility Companies

Coordination between transportation agencies and utility owners is key to successful implementation of transportation projects and utility accommodation on rights-of-way (ROW). While cooperation and coordination has often been challenging, the combination of several factors has recently created a more difficult environment. This includes staff turnover within transportation agencies and utility companies, increasing numbers and complexity of transportation projects, use of innovative project delivery processes (e.g., public-private partnerships (P3), progressive design-build), and use of ROW for broadband and green energy initiatives. Research is needed to identify strategies to improve partnerships between state departments of transportation (DOTs) and utility companies to enhance coordination and cooperation for high-profile and regular infrastructure projects. The objective of this research is to develop a strategic guide and structure model based on case studies of successful practices and culture changes at various agencies at the legislative, program, project, and field levels.


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

    Project 23-44

  • 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:

    Jared, David

  • Start Date: 20240521
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01919275
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 23-44
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 21 2024 8:17PM