Right-of-Way Acquisition and Utility Adjustment Process Duration Information Tool (RUDI) User Guide.

Right-of-Way Acquisition and Utility Adjustment Process Duration Information Tool (RUDI) User Guide.

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    Ever since right of way acquisition has been an organized business activity in Texas, involved and affected parties both sides of the R/W line have asked the question “How long does it take to acquire right of way? And, “When will this new highway be completed?” For over 40 years there has not been a reasonable answer to these questions. Predicting the duration of R/W acquisition processes has historically been a problematic issue without a definitive and reliable means of forecasting the successful delivery of clear right of way for highway construction. The Texas Department of Transportation’s inability to consistently predict the completion of this activity causes project delays, cost overruns and negative economic impact to commerce in general. Knowing of these negative economic repercussions, numerous investigations, process reviews and retooling efforts have been conducted in an attempt to understand and streamline R/W process durations and address unrealistic letting dates. However, none of these efforts produced a framework and tool that could suggest a date of R/W delivery. Then early in 2003 at the prompting of John Campbell, ROW Division Director, and under the direction of the Research and Technology Implementation Office, a research project was authorized and commissioned to research delays in right of way and utility processes. The Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas at Austin has scientifically measured right of way and utility historical data and developed a tool to assist the right of way practitioner when providing an advance indication of R/W delivery for construction. This tool is called the “Right of Way and Utility Adjustment Duration Information System” (RUDI). It is an innovative tool that reviews a historical data directory to make intelligent predictions of time to acquire R/W and adjust utilities. RUDI is the first functional model of this type of decision assistance tool. RUDI is believed to be a wise first step toward providing a knowledgeable advisory of R/W project completion thereby supporting the mission of TxDOT to work cooperatively to provide safe, effective and efficient movement of people and goods. We trust this tool will be a benefit to your operations.
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