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Utilities, Railroads, and Agreements

The HQ Development Division, Utilities, Railroad, and Agreements Section (URA) provides centralized review, technical, and coordinative services for statewide projects and initiatives involving utilities, railroads, and agreements. Centralization of these services allows for effective coordination and monitoring for statewide URA functional areas, and provides a clearinghouse for relevant information and guidance. This unit oversees the WSDOT Utilities Manual, the WSDOT Utilities Accommodation Policy, and the WSDOT Agreements Manual.


  WSDOT Utilities Offices are responsible for the administration of the WSDOT Utilities Accommodation Policy, providing necessary support needed for doing business with the department relating to utilities. Regional and headquarters staff coordinate with utility companies to generate and execute various types of Agreements associated with construction and maintenance within their respective region.

URA also coordinates the Department’s highway projects with railroad companies, providing statewide technical guidance on railroad design standards and highway-railroad grade crossing safety; and assisting in the development of a variety of agreements. This work unit also provides subject matter expertise for the highway-railroad grade crossing chapter of the WSDOT Design Manual.
 

jpg 33kb  A recent site visit on SR 125 unveils warning beacons that are installed below the required height. WSDOT will work with the operator to improve safety at the crossing.


Headquarter Contacts

Ahmer Nizam , Manager
360-705-7271
nizama@wsdot.wa.gov

Railroads
Ahmer Nizam
Railroad Liaison
360-705-7271
nizama@wsdot.wa.gov

Agreements
Becky Hawkins
Agreements Engineering
Review Specialist
360-705-7248
hawkire@wsdot.wa.gov

Utilities
Rhonda Wiest
Utilities Specialist
360-705-7318
wiestr@wsdot.wa.gov

Agreements and Technical Support
Connie Raezer
Railroad and Agreement Specialist
360-705-7459
raezerc@wsdot.wa.gov