Avoiding Utility Relocations
Appendix A: Questions
- Does your agency currently use the Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) process, as defined by the Federal Highway Administration, to obtain information about underground utilities?
- If so, do your in-house designers and/or design consultants use the SUE information in the design of highway projects to avoid or minimize utility relocations?
- If not, do your in-house designers and/or design consultants use any other sources of underground utility information in the design of highway projects to avoid or minimize utility relocations?
- At what point in the development of highway projects does your agency notify utilities of upcoming projects that may have utility conflicts?
- What other coordination activities does your agency engage in with utilities affected by proposed highway construction?
- Who in your organization determines whether to relocate conflicting utilities or to design around them?
- What are the factors that might contribute to the design being revised as opposed to the utility being relocated?
- Are Life Cycle Cost considerations or other economic models used to evaluate relocation redesign issues?
- What types of design changes have been made by your designers in order to avoid or minimize the need to relocate utilities?
- During the design process, are there design practices that are implemented during the preliminary design stage to lessen the possibility of a utility conflict? If so, can you name some of these design practices?
- If a utility conflict cannot be avoided and the utility needs to be relocated, do you have any methods in place to help minimize the cost of relocation?
- Does your agency have any requirements concerning the placement of new utilities to help avoid future conflicts?
- Does your agency have any policies or other strategies concerning utilities that may be pertinent to this study?
- Does your agency have any policies on shared databases?
- Does your agency do anything else other than the items previously mentioned to avoid or minimize the need to relocate utilities to accommodate highway construction?
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