Improving cooperation among highway agencies and utilities for faster project delivery.
Identifying and Managing Utility Conflicts (R15B) Implementation Assistance Webinars
When it comes to designing and implementing transportation projects, conflicts often arise between the transportation agency and affected utility companies. If utility relocation is involved, a construction project generally takes longer and costs more to complete. Locating, protecting, and relocating underground utilities creates significant construction delays. The design development process used by most transportation agencies is primarily focused on solving a transportation need and often doesn’t fully consider the impact of utility relocations.
A critical component in the project development process is the documentation and management of utility conflicts. This SHRP2 tool includes a utility conflict matrix (UCM) to enable users to organize and track utility conflict data. UCMs are designed to help agencies and utility companies quickly identify best solutions. The SHRP2 UCM is also scalable to support a range of project sizes and conditions. The information contained in the UCM helps both parties make informed decisions, and a companion report features best practices from DOTs, as well as case studies that identify prevailing issues and proven solutions.
In practice, UCMs support a wide range of related processes, including conflict analyses, utility agreement development, and construction letting, as well as utility relocation scheduling, billings, and payments.
In the Field
Field activities also performed in Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Pennsylvania during the research phase.