The City of Baltimore Streamlines Right of Way Projects with Map-Based Coordination
City projects $900,000 in annual savings with Accela Right of Way Management
The City of Baltimore is a vibrant city, rich in education, healthcare, business, arts, sports and much more. The city’s deep harbor and central location for inland distribution have made it a major port of commerce for more than two centuries. As Baltimore continues to grow, it is no surprise that the city was challenged to manage the thousands of infrastructure projects, street incidents and events that take place each year.
HOW ACCELA EMPOWERS BALTIMORE
The City of Baltimore is now able to coordinate conflicts between infrastructure projects and can proactively review projects during the monthly coordination meetings, opening up collaborative opportunities. With Accela, the city is able to accommodate shifting project priorities and schedules for better infrastructure planning and coordination.
Margaret B. Martin, PE, Division Chief III in Baltimore’s Department of General Services, notes, “We had too many meetings and not enough pertinent information. It was all static data with no way to visualize what was really happening in a specific location. When a colleague introduced me to Accela, I immediately knew this was the solution we needed. This solution offers true dynamic infrastructure coordination with easy web access.”
THE BOTTOM LINE
The City of Baltimore has recognized numerous benefits through the use of Right of Way Management. With Accela, the city has improved stakeholder engagement, gained earlier awareness of project impacts, coordinated traffic management plans, enhanced data quality, and improved pavement life. Over the first year the system was used, the City of Baltimore reported a cost savings of between $350,000 and $500,000 in paving costs with projected annual savings of $900,000.
“We are constantly exploring new ways to take advantage of Accela’s map-based coordination,” adds Martin. “I see Accela as a real game changer in how municipal infrastructure construction can be managed more efficiently and effectively.”
Enhanced stakeholder engagement
Reduced the number of street cuts and increased the life of the pavement
Informed and engaged citizens with access to detour maps online
Projected $900,000 in annual savings