Work on the issues below have been placed on hold due to staff workload.
Issue #1: How would your company be affected if WisDOT required utilities to survey their facilities in accordance with ASCE 38-02 as part of the utility coordination process and provide the survey data to WisDOT during the design phase of a highway improvement project?
The change would be accomplished through various policy revisions. Survey data would be required similarly to what WisDOT collects and incorporates on current highway improvement projects. For example, on an 8-mile resurfacing project, survey data may only be required at certain locations such as intersections, culverts, guardrail, etc. The requested data may include the X, Y and Z components.
Issue #2: How would your company be affected if WisDOT required reimbursement for tree removal on WisDOT ROW for all transmission and distribution projects (service connections would be exempt)? The tree value may be adjusted subject to the annual CPI increase, if it occurs, but never fall below $200.
A certified arborist would be needed to develop a tree inventory, which is in the utility's best interest to verify the trees proposed to be removed. When few trees are involved and subject to WisDOT concurrence, a certified arborist would not be required. This avoids unnecessary costs when obvious to both the utility and WisDOT that trees proposed to be removed are easily identified and counted.
A utility would also pay all costs associated with the removal, redesign, and replanting of any living snow fence removed with their permit. In addition, temporary snow fence must be installed each year until the new plants grow to a functional height, and the new plants maintained until they achieve a sustained growth (2-year growing cycle minimum).
The proposed change would achieve consistency with work on highway ROW permits, for example, when trees are allowed to be removed under Wis. Stat. s. 84.305. The change would also be applied to STH connection permits that require substantial tree removal on WisDOT ROW.