Utility Abandonment, Out of Service Plant, and Decommissioning without Removal on Public Right of Way

The study will focus on three areas of State Transportation Authority (STA) operations commonly impacted by out of service (OOS) facilities: Permitting, Project Development, and Project Construction. This research will minimize impacts due to OOS facilities by documenting and analyzing effective practices in permitting utility occupancy in public right of way (ROW) and managing OOS facilities via utility coordination before, during, and after transportation project construction. It will find information identifying and assessing various means utility companies and STAs currently handle permitted OOS utilities, finding effective, cost and time efficient practices. A special focus will be needed on asbestos concrete pipe an asbestos-containing material or ACM. This particular aspect should include a review of EPA guidance including NESHAP (National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants 40 CFR 61 Subpart M, 61.151(e) and 61.154(h). The study will identify means to increase utility coordination efficiency on transportation projects during project development, identifying OOS utilities, and addressing their proximity to avoid negative impacts during construction. Most STAs and construction entities are aware of the problem and therefore the research would be more focused on finding the best ways to locate, designate and either remove, relocate or revitalize the existing utility. The solutions may include early identification and location of utilities but will also need to address what each entity may be expected to do in the process. The product of the research will be a “Scoping Guide", defining effective practices, policies and actions for a STA to use in similar situations.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-148

  • 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:

    McKenney, Christopher

  • Start Date: 20210209
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01739636
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-148
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: May 18 2020 3:06PM