Research for AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways. Task 373. Utility Coordination Best Practices for Design-Build and Alternative Contracting Projects

While traditional Design-Bid-Build contracting continues to be the most common means of project development and delivery for public transportation construction projects, many states are using alternative contracting methods, or are considering them. Alternative contracting methods such as Design-Build, Cost-Plus Time, Lane Rental, and the Construction Management/General Contractor (CM/GC) are being used more often for varied reasons such as: expediting project execution, fostering innovation, minimizing impacts to traffic flow, and better delivery coordination. Utility coordination is an element of both project development and delivery and can be fundamentally influenced by the contracting method used. Despite this influence, little research exists that defines the impacts of alternative contracting methods on utility coordination, nor the recommended best practices for incorporating utility coordination into the various alternative contracting methods. The objective of this research is to develop proposed AASHTO best practices guidance for the execution of utility coordination in various types of alternative contracting methods in public transportation construction projects, including specific task assignments of responsibility based on the type of contracting method and means of project execution. The report is available electronically at  


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-07, Task 373

  • 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:

    Rogers, William

  • Performing Organizations:

    Iowa State University, Ames

    Center for Transportation Research and Education
    2711 South Loop Drive, Suite 4700
    Ames, IA  United States  50010-8664
  • Principal Investigators:

    Gransberg, Douglas

  • Start Date: 20160609
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40734

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01594550
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-07, Task 373
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 25 2016 1:00AM