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Accelerated Construction Technology Transfer Toolkit

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Utilities final presentation

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MDOT ACTT Workshop

I-94 Accelerated Construction Technology
Detroit, Michigan
April 17-19, 2007

MDOT ACTT Workshop

Utilities/Railroad Coordination

Final Presentation

Utilities/Railroad Coordination

Team Members

  • Marion Leaphart, Utilities Manager, SC DOT
  • Veena Jasuja, MDOT, Detroit TSC
  • Nick Lefke, MDOT, Lansing, Design
  • Bill Stonebrook, MDOT, Lansing, Design
  • Steve Rapp, MDOT, Lansing, Design

Facilitator:

  • Anu Taneja, MDOT, Lansing, Contract Services

Notes:

  • Lynn Venturino, MDOT, Lansing, Design Support

Utilities

Designate a full time MDOT utilities coordinator

  • Oversee all aspects of utility coordination, communication, and cooperation during design and construction
  • Act as "go to" person for MDOT, utilities, and vendors

Utilize Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)

  • Have SUE provider available during design and construction
  • Update current SUE data
  • Utilize SUE deliverables effectively with stakeholders
  • Expedites conflict resolution

Identify and resolve municipal utility issues

  • Early and often involvement of municipal utilities
  • Early identification of potential "show stoppers"
  • Identify all relocation and proposed new work
  • Coordination with stakeholders

Identify and resolve private/public utility issues

  • Early and often involvement of private/public utilities
  • Early identification of potential "show stoppers"
  • Identify all relocation and proposed new work
  • Identify reimbursable relocations
  • Advanced utility relocations
  • Coordination with stakeholders

Participate in preliminary engineering costs for private/public utilities

  • Provides incentive to private/public utilities to cooperate in a timely manner
  • Increases cooperation during design phase

Railroads

Form Steering Committee of officials from MDOT and Railroads (RR)

  • Authority to make high level decisions
  • Expedite RR decision making (i.e. trackage rights, union work rules, etc.)

Form a Design Engineering Committee

  • Early and often involvement of railroads
  • Early identification of design constraints
  • Early identification of potential "show stoppers"

Provide adequate time for RR coordination in the MDOT process

  • Two year minimum coordination time
  • Coordination time begins from submittal of preliminary plans from MDOT to RR

Contract with qualified vendor to perform RR coordination

  • Vendor must be knowledgeable in RR operations
  • Effective in obtaining RR approvals
  • Involve MDOT RR experts in vendor selection process

Coordinate at-grade crossings with service roads

Diagnostic Team Review (DTR) meeting should take place well in advance of construction, if required.

Maintenance of RR traffic

  • Early and often involvement of RR
  • Construct temporary runaround "shoo-fly" tracks
  • Part width bridge construction
  • Roll-in/lift-in superstructure
  • Build new permanent bridges parallel to existing RR
  • Trackage rights agreements between RR during construction

Possible elimination of two RR structures over I-75

  • RR approval required
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