July 2017 utility accommodation policy revisions summary
(1.2) Language added to
match new application/permit form and to affirm that a change in utility
ownership means a permit terminates and the new owner must secure its own
permit to continue operating and maintaining its facilities in WisDOT ROW.
(2.2) Language added and revised to
bring section up to date with current electronic processing of permit applications.
(Attachment 1) Example
redesigned to match the new application/permit form.
(2.2) Added new language
on overhead clearance requirements for oversize vehicles on high clearance
routes to assist freight management and reduce the number of utility hits throughout Wisconsin.
(Figure 1) Clearance
diagrams amended to match language revision in 2.2
(5.0) New language written to provide
guidance on placement of utilities near intersections and roundabouts, which
includes a new example roundabout diagram.
(2.0) Section was
revised to reflect WisDOT’s current vegetation management practices on utility
projects with emphasis on electric transmission line projects.
(2.1) New section
developed for cutting/spraying guidelines that WisDOT has been using for a number of years, but had yet to be placed in the policy.
(3.3) Section title
revised from Subsurface Utility Excavation (SUE) to Potholing. WisDOT thanks former FHWA utility engineer Paul Scott, who recommended this change since SUE now has the
connotation of Subsurface Utility Engineering. Other parts of the
section were revised to match the potholing topic. The Basic Potholing
Steps in Table 1 were also revised to active tense.
(3.5) WisDOT receives
periodic inquiries on its casing policy, and this guidance had never been written into the policy until now.
(Attachment 1) The Utility Permit
Start Work Notice was revised to list just the general email address for
each WisDOT region office. This minimizes efforts to revise the form
each time a staff member changes. A list of all utility permit staff is
still provided in 09-15-70.