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Improving Connectivity: The Custer Interchange Project

Appendix C Utilities/ROW Skill Set

Idea Name Detailed Description Implementation Details (barriers, skills set coordination, etc.)
Right of Way (ROW) Design Authorize ROW where project limits can be determined.
  • Coordinate with road design for final construction limits.
  • Consider business and landowner concerns.
Consultants Complete all Title Work
  • Acquire title commitments and vesting deeds.
  • Ownership/lessee identification for permits.
  • Will help dealing with national chains.
  • Obtain copies of leases.
ROW Acquisition done by MDT
  • Acquire under certificate of survey, amended plat, or ROW plans.
  • Amend cost estimate.
  • A group meeting to sign as many Construction permits as possible.
  • Prioritize ROW acquisition to expedite utility relocation.
  • Request ROW programming from FHWA.
  • State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) approval.
  • Allows advanced utility moves.
Finalize Frontage Road, Design, and Location
  • Potential development holding up the process.
  • Proceed with ROW acquisition on frontage road.
  • Design a ROW, with the option to change.
  • Work with developer/owner.
Appraisals
  • Utilize same appraiser for sales information and fee appraisals.
  • Use waiver valuation appraisal process where appropriate.
  • Utilize real estate contacts.
  • Fee appraiser provide sales catalog.
  • Everybody uses the same source of data.
  • Appraisals cannot be older than 90 days.
  • Time and cost savings.
Utilities
  • Relocate utilities before construction when possible.
  • Consider leaving utilities in-place, relocate after construction.
  • Consider relocating outside the project corridor.
  • Leave existing in-place / place conduit for utilities in the fill and along the bridge for future use of existing line.
  • Water and Sewer lines by MDT contractor.
  • Use SUE during development of project to locate and characterize utilities.
  • Financial feasibility.
  • Most utilities run East - West.
  • Location and depths.
  • Constructability under traffic.
  • Connecting utilities back in.
  • Are alternate utility corridors feasible?
  • Coordinate city's utility plans.
Petroleum Line
  • Leave petroleum line facility in-place.
  • If needed install partial replacement line for future use.
  • If needed place new line early, use old line as conduit.
  • Cost savings of leaving in-place.
  • Very costly.
Qualified Utility Coordinator
  • Paid by contractor.
  • Required by MDT.
  • Daily coordination of meetings between MDT, contractor, city, FHWA, and utilities.
  • Cost.
  • Included in special provisions.
  • Inexperienced coordinator.
Access Control Line
  • Identify locations early on.
  • Adjust line inside of ROW to accommodate utilities.
  • FHWA approval needed.
  • Access control resolution needs to be approved by Transportation Commission.
Establish Good Working Relationships with Utilities
  • Make utilities part of the project development team.
  • Coordinate, cooperate, and communicate with utilities early and often.
  • Encourage utilities to coordinate with each other.
  • MDT coordinates weekly meetings with all utilities.
  • Simple concept, but rarely accomplished.
Address Encroachments in the Existing ROW Within the Interstate Corridor.
  • FHWA Approval.
  • Safety.
  • Precedent.
  • Potential Cost Saving.
  • Traffic Control Plan.
Consider Retaining Walls for Bridge to Facilitate Utility Relocates Allows more room for utilities within existing ROW. Cost prohibitive, especially if it does not prevent relocation of the petroleum line.
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Updated: 10/31/2013
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