Strategies for Integrating Utility and Transportation Agency Priorities in Highway Renewal Projects

The independent and often conflicting interest of utilities&amp;nbsp;and highway agencies in particular work zones are a major cause of construction delays on highway projects.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&amp;nbsp; </span>Many factors contribute to this, including lack of information on the existence and location of underground or overhead utility assets; incomplete consideration and budgeting on the time needed by utilities to budget for and mobilized utility asset relocation activities; the complexity of utility asset relocation during highway construction; and inadequate coordination and cooperation between project and utility owners. Because of the frequency with which utilities occupy existing highway rights of way, highway renewal projects are particularly prone to delays related to the relocation of pre-construction protection of existing utilities.&amp;nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&amp;nbsp;</span>The accelerated work schedules demanded by many highway renewal projects also place extraordinary demands for coordination and cooperation on both highway agencies and utilities&amp;nbsp;demands that current practices frequently fail to meet.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&amp;nbsp; </span>Consolidation within the utility industry in recent years also makes it more difficult to address concerns at the state level when utilities are regionally and nationally structured. This project will explore how to improve utility and transportation agency coordination and reduce the negative impacts to both, and to the public.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&amp;nbsp; </span>This project is intended to facilitate an interactive and creative discussion on how to more effectively address the common public interest in highway renewal with minimal disruption, while mitigating the impact to utilities.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&amp;nbsp; </span>The research will identify strategies to be evaluated in future projects.<p>&amp;nbsp;</p><p class="Projectsubhead" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; PAGE-BREAK-AFTER: auto; mso-outline-level: body-text; mso-pagination: none"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p><strong><font face="Arial"></font></strong></o:p></span></p><p class="Projectsubhead" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; PAGE-BREAK-AFTER: auto; mso-outline-level: body-text; mso-pagination: none"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'"><strong><font face="Arial"></font></strong></span></p>

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $250000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project R15

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Strategic Highway Research Program 2

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Starnes, Monica

  • Performing Organizations:

    ICF International

    ,    
  • Principal Investigators:

    Venner, Marie

  • Start Date: 20070205
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20080704
  • Source Data: RiP Project 17295

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462627
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project R15
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:07PM