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Section 14: Comprehensive Development Agreements (CDA)

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Overview

TxDOT, through the Turnpike Authority Division coordinates private involvement in transportation projects. A CDA project allows for public-private-partnership involvement by selecting a developer, that is typically a consortium of different companies. The developer on CDA's is responsible for some or all of the following: designing the project, financing the project, acquiring right of way, adjusting utilities, and construction of the roadway. The developer may also be responsible for maintaining and/or operating the roadway. The CDA projects are designed to accelerate the construction and completion of transportation projects. Such public-private-partnerships are typically evidenced by one or more agreements, including a CDA. Due to the accelerated project schedule of a CDA, utility coordination meetings and other utility activities, including construction, may begin immediately after the award of the CDA.

With respect to utility adjustments in a CDA project, the developer may be responsible for a number of tasks which would otherwise be the responsibility of TxDOT in a traditional project, including entering into adjustment agreements with utility owners and reimbursing utility owners for their adjustment costs (where required, pursuant to Transportation Code, Section 203.092, as referenced above). Because of the "turnkey" nature of a CDA project, certain procedures for utility adjustments in a CDA agreement may differ from the procedures in a traditional project, in which case the procedures in the CDA will govern. All questions regarding CDA's should be answered through the Right of Way Section of the Turnpike Authority Division.

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