Thousands of highway projects - either those renewing existing roadways or building new ones - intersect with railroad crossings. By using the tools included in Railroad-DOT Mitigation Strategies (R16), public agencies and railroads can identify and work through possible sources of conflict and develop agreements to advance these projects. This product includes a collection of railroad-DOT model agreements, sample contracts, training materials, and standardized best practices.
The R16 research report,
Strategies for Improving the Project Agreement Process Between Highway Agencies and Railroads, outlines recommended practices and offers eight different model documents to expedite negotiations.
The Community of Interest (COI) brings together representatives from DOTs at the federal and state level and their railroad counterparts to improve coordination and communication via peer exchanges, webinars, and meetings.
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is using tools from
Railroad-DOT Mitigation Strategies to coordinate projects involving railroads.
Railroad-DOT Mitigation Strategies, Texas Department of Transportation reduced railroad agreement processing time from 12+ weeks to as little as 3-4 weeks.