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ACTT Workshop: Oklahoma
May 25-27, 2004, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Appendix C: Skill Set Reporting Forms


NOTE : This form was unavailable at time of meeting; therefore, notes are not in specified format.

RR-Utility Motto: C + C + C = C Communication + Cooperation + Coordination = Commitment

Railroad Notes:

  • Coordination has already begun with railroad companies.
  • They have been relatively helpful to this point.
  • Area of concern-UP and BNSF crossings near the cotton mill area.
  • Initial funding of project is key for railroad relocations.
  • Estimated cost = $20 million???


  • New alignment for railroad is identified.
  • Agreements are in progress. Engineering agreements in place.
  • Need to determine what railroad communications are present and need to be relocated.
  • ODOT to establish a drop dead date for relocation.
  • Possibly offer incentives to encourage timely completions.


  • Agreement on relocation route needed (95 percent agreed-still questions on temporary locations).
  • Agreements in draft form.
  • Estimates have been requested from UP.
  • Canal crossing in design.


  • Letting dates?
  • Bridge attachments (utilities, etc).
  • Funding obstacles.
  • What is the hold up from FHWA?
  • Are we in communication with the correct railroad officials?
  • Is the Gantt chart realistic to railroads? Need their buy-in on timeframe.

Utilities Notes:

  • Oklahoma has property take system that is not as difficult as some adjacent States-helpful.
  • Partial takes estimated at 40 pieces. Partial takes are often difficult to obtain, and utilities are usually in these areas. This process needs to begin ASAP.
  • Oklahoma cannot purchase property on behalf of utilities. They can purchase, allow access, and retain ownership. Team recommended ODOT purchase easements while purchasing right-of-way to expedite process.
  • Significant utilities to relocate paralleling proposed corridor-fiber optics, high-volt OHE, sewer mains.
  • Depressed section needs wall hydrants. Treat as a tunnel.
  • Control of utility relocations by design firm and ODOT is helpful. ODOT can control crossing locations.
  • Team suggests water and sewer be made part of roadway contract.
  • Scheduling is critical
  • One utility contact (not one person, but team) is needed. Treat complete project as one utility relocation project.
  • Immediate funding is necessary for timely design and relocations. Maybe from alternative funding sources.
  • Pursue a release for funding now.
  • Due to railroad schedule, utilities need to be completely moved from railroad corridors as much as possible. If utilities are waiting on railroad approvals, they could be delayed due to the railroad review process.
  • Consider two moves for each utility, one temporary and one permanent, to expedite.
  • Look at directional boring to cross from north to south.
  • Strategically placed north-south ducts for common use should be encouraged.
  • Set realistic design and relocation goals.
  • Partial takes should be phased with utility relocation timing.
  • Establish utility route up front.
  • ODOT to purchase utility easements on behalf of companies... can be very helpful.
  • Use alternative corridors (example: 7th street for depressed area) for utility relocations. Special agreements may be necessary.
  • Sell Feds on two moves to get utilities back in R corridor (fiber).
  • Communication lines may have difficulty relocating if U.S. Homeland Security goes up.
  • Look at seasonal relocations (water, etc.).
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