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Best Practice

BEST PRACTICE:

D2−2: Coordination of State DOT, Local Government, and Utility Construction and Maintenance Work to Minimize Motorist Delays

DESCRIPTION:

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (DOT) coordinates its projects and activities with the road work of local governments, utility contractors, and maintenance forces, during the project planning phase, to minimize motorist delays. The effort began in 1998.

REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:

Oklahoma DOT found that many adjacent and alternate routes were being rehabilitated at the same time causing motorist delays. In addition, many instances were found where an overlay/rehabilitation job was completed, then shortly thereafter, a new utility crossing was installed effectively ruining the recent improvements.

PRIMARY BENEFIT(S):

The primary benefit is the reduction of motorist delay. The secondary benefits included providing an open forum to discuss formal agreements to detour traffic from the State routes to local routes or vice versa; discussing funding arrangements to improve a local highway facility to act as an alternate route for detouring traffic through and around a State highway project; and managing traffic through partnerships and networking. Although it was recognized early that not all projects could be effectively coordinated because of funding limitations or politics, the majority of projects could be coordinated to provide the least amount of delay to the motoring public.

MOST APPLICABLE LOCATION(S)/PROJECT(S):

Currently, all types of urban projects are being considered for coordination. Major arterials are the focus at this time with the expectation that eventually residential streets will be considered once the methods of coordination are improved.

STATE(S) WHERE USED:

Oklahoma

SOURCE/CONTACT(S):

Tim Tegeler, Roadway Design Engineer, Oklahoma DOT
Phone: (405) 521−2695
E−mail: ttegeler@odot.org

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