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The Katy Freeway Reconstruction Program Managing Utilities Ken Stayer PBQ&D AASHTO/FHWA 2005 Right of Way and Utilities Subcommittee Conference May 18,

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1 The Katy Freeway Reconstruction Program Managing Utilities Ken Stayer PBQ&D AASHTO/FHWA 2005 Right of Way and Utilities Subcommittee Conference May 18, 2005

2 Project Limits Overview

3 Preliminary Subject to Change KATY FREEWAY RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM Texas Department of Transportation RICHMOND FRANZ S H 6 DAIRY ASHFORD KIRKWOOD WILCREST BELTWAY 8 GESSNER WESTVIEW BINGLE WIRT ANTOINE HEMPSTEAD WESTHEIMER ADDICKSRESERVOIR POST OAK BARKER CYPRESS CLAY RD. BLALOCK MASON FRY RD. CHIMNEY ROCK SAN FELIPE VOSS BRIAR FOREST MEMORIAL ECHO BARKER CLODINE HIGHLAND KNOLL GRAND PARKWAY ROSENER BARKER RESERVOIR COLONIAL PKWY ELDRIDGE 290 WEST PARK Construction Package Contract A Contract B Contract C1 Contract C2 Contract D Contract E1 Contract E2 Contract F Contract G Utility Cost Estimate $3 Million$41 Million$18 Million$25 Million$71 Million$56 Million$42 Million$62 MillionTBD Proposed Letting Date 7/20035/20033/200512/20047/20041/20052/20057/20031/2007 End of Construction 7/20066/20068/ /200811/ /20073/2009 Construction Cost Estimate $83 Million*$208 Million*$153 Million*$84 Million*$250 Million*$204 Million*$158 Million*$263 Million*$38 Million *Actual Low Bid Amount Vegetative Landscaping, Aesthetic Walls and Final Signing/Striping will be awarded as separate contracts.

4 Typical Freeway Condition Looking East at Kirkwood

5 The Reconstruction Program Reconstruction of 25 miles of Interstate Freeway under traffic; including 2 miles on I Freeway-Freeway Interchanges 27 Grade Separated Intersections One of the Largest Highway Construction Projects in the State’s History First Project in the Nation to Construct Toll Lanes on an Existing Interstate Highway Nine Major Construction Contracts $318.4 Million of Utility Adjustment Cost

6 Program “Firsts” Largest TxDOT Project Use of Major Investment Study (MIS) Process Corridor-Wide Program (Not Individual Projects) Use of General Engineering Consultant (GEC) for Design and Construction Inspection Fast Track Implementation of Program Addition of Toll Road in Median of Interstate Twice the Normal Lettings Schedule Outsourcing ROW Acquisition Activities on Corridor Basis

7 Role of the GEC for Utilities Phase I - Design Be a Surrogate for TxDOT Establish Project-wide Standards & Criteria Coordinate Utility Designs with 10 Roadway Section Design Consultants (SDC) and 32 Utility Companies Distribute Design Plans and Host 30%, 60%, 70%, 90% and 100% Utility Design Coordination Meetings Provide Utility Agreement Review as Requested by TxDOT Develop and Coordinate ROWD Approval of Utility Exceptions to Policy Develop and Maintain a ROW and Utility Adjustment Status Tracking Documents Develop and Maintain the Utility and ROW Sections of a Project Website

8 Existing Beltway 8 From Level B SUE

9 Early Conceptual Section

10 Proposed Beltway 8

11 Proposed Section West of Beltway 8

12 Proposed SBC Manhole West of Beltway 8

13 Role of GEC for Utilities Phase II – Construction Be a Surrogate for TxDOT Utility Inspection Services Submit Weekly Inspector Diaries, SW3P Reports, Construction Progress Reports, Survey Information Photographs and Maintain Redline Plan Sets. Establish Project-wide Standards & Criteria Coordinate Utility Field Change Reviews with SDC’s and Potentially Affected Utilities Host and Attend various Utility Construction Coordination Meetings Distribute Weekly Utility Conflict List and Schedules for Partnering Meetings

14 Role of GEC for Utilities Schedule Utility Attendance at Weekly Partnering Meetings as Required to Update Schedules Develop and Coordinate Solutions for Utility Conflicts Identified During Construction Develop and Maintain ROW Status Tracking for Vacate Dates, Utility Disconnects/Reconnects, ACM Testing and Contractor Removals Maintain the Utility and ROW Sections of Project Website for Roadway Change Order Transmittals Maintain Utility and ROW Composite Mapping Provide Inspection of 48 to 52 Utility Contractors Working on the Corridor Weekly

15 Challenge & Issues TxDOT Use of GEC for Utility Inspection Temporary Utility Adjustments Potential Impacts of Construction Delays Maintenance of Milestone Schedules Consistency Across Projects ROW Acquisition, Testing, Disconnects and Clearing Impact to Adjacent Properties Permanent Utility Relocations Construction Sequence Traffic Maintenance

16 CenterPoint Transmission Temporary Adjustment

17 CenterPoint Transmission Permanent Adjustment

18 Composite Cut Sheet 67

19 Composite Cut Sheet 74

20 Roadway Contract Schedule Schedule of ROW Entry / Utility Relocation Parcel No. Prep ROW Util Relo Rdwy Const 60 2/14/05 3/14/05 6/1/ /28/053/28/05 6/1/ /14/053/14/05 3/14/ /14/053/14/05 6/1/ /14/053/14/05 6/14/ /15/056/15/05 6/4/ /1/05 4/1/05 6/1/ /1/059/1/05 6/4/07

21 Construction Cost “Drivers” Time Constrained Schedule ROW Acquisition Tight Border Width for Utilities Limited Work Forces Magnitude of Traffic Handling Material Shortages Scope Changes Labor Rate Increases

22 GEC Tools Bi-Weekly Status Meeting with District Senior Staff Weekly Roadway Contract Partnering Meetings Bi-Weekly Utility Coordinator and Inspector Meeting Bi-Weekly ROW Team Meeting Project Solve Web Site Extensive Project Contacts Database Excellent Working Relationships Dedicated Inspection Staff 30 Minute Rule

23 SBC Katy Freeway Construction Facts Copper Sheath Feet938,641 (178 miles) Million Conductor Feet (MCF)2, Fiber Sheath Feet510,291 (97 miles) Derived RT Pairs97,028 Copper Pairs Terminated CO.109,700 Fiber Strands Terminated at CO.6,168 Conduit Trench Feet232,797 (44 miles) Proposed New Manholes383

24 Project Development Process Roadway Construction Preliminary Design Public Participation & Outreach Advanced Planning ROW & Utilities Detailed Design Environmental Studies Major Investment Study Detailed Design Environmental Studies Public Participation & Outreach Advanced Planning Preliminary Design ROD Reevaluation We Are Here

25 Program Contact Information Call or Visit: Katy Public Information Office Katy Freeway, Suite 1100 Houston, TX Visit Our Website:

26 Thank You! Questions?


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