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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


    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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