Utility company Practices to expedite utility adjustments on highway projects

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Abstract

The relocation and adjustment of utilities have been reported to cause delays to the completion of roadway projects and increase their total costs. In recent years, departments and ministries of transportation have implemented a number of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and incentives in an effort to mitigate these delays and their associated costs. This paper presents the findings of a recent study that evaluated the performance of utility adjustment Best Management Practices and incentives. The study conducted a comprehensive survey of utility company representatives to gather and analyze their experiences in implementing 45 BMPs in utility adjustment projects. A total of 90 utility company representatives participated in the survey representing all types of utilities, including water, gas, electricity, telecommunications, cable television, sewer, petroleum, high pressure pipelines, hazardous liquids, fiber optics, government entities and internet service providers. The survey was designed to evaluate the performance of these 45 BMPs and incentives including the frequency of their use, their effectiveness in accelerating utility adjustment, and problems and challenges encountered as a result of their implementation. The findings of this study should prove useful to researchers and decision makers in transportation authorities and will contribute to improving the selection and use of the BMPs in an effort to mitigate utility adjustment delays and accelerate utility adjustment projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication6th CSCE-CRC International Construction Specialty Conference 2017 - Held as Part of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017
PublisherCanadian Society for Civil Engineering
Pages1487-1495
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781510878419
StatePublished - 2017
Event6th CSCE-CRC International Construction Specialty Conference 2017 - Held as Part of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: May 31 2017Jun 3 2017

Publication series

Name6th CSCE-CRC International Construction Specialty Conference 2017 - Held as Part of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017
Volume2

Conference

Conference6th CSCE-CRC International Construction Specialty Conference 2017 - Held as Part of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period5/31/176/3/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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