Research for AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways. Task 269. Feasibility of Using Incentives to Facilitate Utility Relocations

<p> </p><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><p align="justify">Utility relocations are a major cause of delays during highway construction and a source of frustration to both highway and utility agencies. There are many contributing causes for these delays, the most prominent of which are: Many of the these problems can be minimized or avoided if state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) make a commitment to coordinate, cooperate and communicate (CCC) with utility owners early and often. Such CCC can best be facilitated by experienced, well-trained utility coordinators. DOTs have traditionally used their own utility coordinators during the preconstruction phase of projects to expedite the work. Now an increasing number of projects combined with insufficient numbers of employees have caused them to hire consultants to do the design and utility coordination. To complicate the problem, utility relocations have become necessary on nearly all major projects, including design-build projects, in conjunction with highway construction. Therefore, it is more essential than ever for CCC to take place on highway projects. This means that DOT utility coordinators, designers and/or their consultants must fully understand what it takes for utility companies to relocate facilities and for utility company representatives to completely understand why utility relocations are sometimes unavoidable for highway designs. Some DOTs have initiated the use of incentives in the form of relocation reimbursement to encourage utility company cooperation. Results have been mixed: There may be other states attempting to duplicate these efforts or providing incentives of another sort. One of the objectives of this research will be to determine which states are using utility incentives, if any, and their results. </p></font></font><font face="Arial,Arial" size="2"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="2"><p align="justify">â</p></font></font>


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-07, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Reynaud, David

  • Start Date: 20090730
  • Source Data: RiP Project 23123

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464133
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-07, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:36PM