What permit processes should the Town have in place to handle new, buried private utilities that cross under the road?
What permit processes should the Town have in place to handle new, buried private utilities that cross under the road? Since the lines are privately owned, how are they inventoried so they would show up on a mark-out request? I’m worried about my crew hitting a line that no one knows is there even though we called 811 (“Call before you Dig”).
Municipalities can require that information regarding lines that go under public roads be included as part of the permit process.
In addition, any company that is operating an underground facility should become a member of Dig Safely New York (or New York 811 in New York City and Long Island). This is especially true if the utility line runs outside of their property.
Here’s the definition of an (utility) operator per NYS Code Rule 753:
1.1 q. Operator: Any person who operates an underground facility to furnish any of the following services or materials: electricity, gases, steam, liquid petroleum products, telephone or telegraph communications, cable television, sewage removal, traffic control systems, or water.
Their participation requirements are:
4.1 a. Every operator of an underground facility shall participate in a one-call notification system within whose geographical jurisdiction or boundaries such underground facility is located.
b. Every operator who is not a member of the one-call notification system and installs, has installed for him or her, or otherwise acquires, an underground facility, shall participate in a one-call notification system within 10 days after commencement of the installation or after the acquisition.
NYS Code Rule 753
Dig Safely New York