Best Management Practices and Incentives to Expedite Utility Relocation

The relocation of utilities often causes delays to the completion of highway projects in Illinois and other states. These delays often result in delayed project completion and reopening of closed roads, and increased design and construction costs. This report presents the findings of a research project funded by the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) to investigate, identify, and recommend best management practices (BMPs) and incentives that can be used by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to expedite utility relocation and minimize its related work delays. The objectives of this project were to (1) conduct a comprehensive literature review to gather and analyze the most current resource material on BMPs and incentives, (2) analyze the conformance of utility-relocation practices in selected IDOT district offices with related IDOT policies and laws, (3) conduct surveys of other state DOT officials and Illinois utility company representatives to collect and analyze their experiences in utilizing BMPs to expedite utility relocation, (4) evaluate the compliance of the identified BMPs and incentives with federal and Illinois state laws, regulations, and guidelines governing utility relocation, (5) quantify the costs and benefits of all the identified compliant utility-relocation BMPs, and (6) develop a dynamic decision-support tool that enables IDOT to rank the compliant utility-relocation BMPs and incentives based on their district-specific criteria.


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  • Accession Number: 01643596
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-ICT-17-013, UILU-ENG-2017-2017, ICT-17-017
  • Contract Numbers: R27-153
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 9 2017 12:09PM