Proposed revisions to the UAP – Opportunity to review and comment
New! Additional revisions to be published near the end of June or early July.
Please review and comment by the COB June 21 to COROWPermits@dot.wi.gov
Revisions were made to 09-15-01 to explain how WisDOT is now writing the Utility Accommodation Policy (UAP) in active voice-imperative mood (tense), which eliminates many "utility shall" statements. It does not change the meaning in which a utility has to follow the statement. For example, “Restore the ROW...,” would be written instead of, “A utility shall restore the ROW...” While both are requirements, the first sentence and those similar mean that a utility is the actor, which agrees with the UAP’s intent as being written for utility use.
In addition to organizational and grammatical revisions, three major revisions were made to 09-15-45:
1) New requirements for working around WisDOT living snow fence and erecting temporary snow fence
2) Requiring as-built three dimensional (X-Y-Z) location data in certain situations
3) Revisions to the slurry recipe mix and creation of an urban cross-section for excavation backfilling
Revisions made to 09-15-15, 09-15-16 (new), and 09-15-50.
These policies were revised together (or created new) because of their environmental aspects. Revisions to form DT1553 and instructions form DT1553i were also needed because of the revision to question #17. Additional revisions were made for clarity.
Comments may still be made though June 16 to the same email address listed above.
Revisions to 09-15-15 were necessary because DNR’s Office of Energy stopped reviewing WisDOT utility permits for wetland/waterway issues on May 15. This led WisDOT to develop a new process with 09-15-16 to handle it internally. Plus, we included other required environmental coordination topics to create a comprehensive checklist, but one that should be easy to use.
The environmental coordination process should not be anything new to utilities. Question #17 on the present DT1553 form relates to this subject. The new 09-15-16 checklist will be required to submit as part of the permit application form. While people may think the level of effort has increased from checking one box on the form to many on the checklist, a utility's responsibility to perform an environmental review with its project is still the same. However, the checklist will help with keeping the review more structured and provide helpful links to various sources of information from other regulatory agencies.
Revisions to 09-15-50 were made as part of the new process in 09-15-16 and to update old contact information.
WisDOT plans to publish these policy and permit application form revisions in late June. However, checklist submittal would not be fully implemented for one month to give utilities time to familiarize themselves with the process.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Bob Fasick (608) 266-3438
Kathy Jennings (608) 261-8976
(Also known as Highway Maintenance Manual - Chapter 9, Section 15)
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