In an attempt to avoid unnecessary utility relocation and to design the highway project with the least amount of impact to the existing utilities, early coordination meetings are held with the involved utility Companies. The information gathered is used to help determine the final scope of the project. Value Engineering is used to determine the need to relocate the utility or change the highway design to accommodate the utility. Advanced utility Coordination also provides the Utility Companies the opportunity to plan, budget, and relocate facilities, as necessary, prior to the start of the construction project. Early utility involvement also reduces contractor delays and subsequent claims by either relocating the utility prior to highway construction or by providing the sequencing information on utility relocation or involvement in the construction plans.
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SDDOT utilities SUE on complex projects where the exact location of existing utilities is required to keep utility and landowner impacts to a minimum. SUE also benefits the South Dakota taxpayers, SDDOT, Utility Companies, and their respective customers. SUE involvement is determined in the project scoping process. FHWA SUE Brochure →