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									UTILITIES REQUIREMENT FOR GPS LOCATION DATA FOR NEW
    INSTALATIONS AND PROHIBITION OVERHEAD UTILITY
        CROSSINGS ON LIMITED ACCCESS FACILITIES


                                Requested by: Michigan
                             Survey Deadline: April 25, 2007
Question:

Michigan asks:

The Michigan DOT is considering two new requirements for utility installations allowed
by permit. One is to require GPS location data to be captured, retained and supplied to
the DOT for all new installations.

The other is not to allow overhead utility crossings of limited access facilities unless the
utility can show underground placement to be impractical or a significant hardship.

Has your state required anything similar to either of these concepts?

If so, please provide any appropriate detail and/or contact persons in your state.

Thank you,

Mark A. Dionise, P.E.

Michigan Department of Transportation

Utility Coordination and Permits Engineer

(517) 373-7682


                                         OREGON


Oregon has none of these requirements.

Matthew C. Caswell, P.E., P.L.S.

State Utility Engineer

Oregon Dept. of Transportation

355 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301-3871

(503) 986-3658


                                   MASSACHUSETTS


Massachusetts

However, regarding the overhead utility crossing at limited access highways, it has been
a preferred mechanism to have the utility can show underground placement to be
impractical or a significant hardship.

Guy Rezendes, P.E.

MassHighway Department

Utilities/Railroad Engineer

10 Park Plaza - Room 6340

Boston, MA 02116

(617) 973-7512

FAX: (617) 973-7554


                                       TENNESSEE


TDOT started many years ago to capture long-lat for permit installations using
handheld GPS. Purpose was to capture the data that could eventually be used to cross
check excess land disposals with permitted installations. Utilities are requested to
provide the data if available, otherwise the TDOT Utility Inspectors will data. Data is
currently limited to the utility site beginning point, end point. Way points are not
collected. To require a utility to provide the data would entail a revision to the
promulgated rules and regulations.

Lateral crossing of controlled access ROW are restricted to 90 degrees, and by location if
it is designated a "scenic" roadway. Underground installation, other than electrical,
would be a consideration at this time only if it were a scenic roadway. Electrical
underground has proven to be expensive and very controversial in Tennessee. Recent
news articles can attest to the public sentiments when the utility notifies the rate payers
that rates will increase in response to municipal requirements to place utilities
underground.

Joe Shaw

TDOT Utilities Office

Suite 600 JK Polk Bldg.

Nashville, TN 37243-0337

E-mail: joe.shaw@state.tn.us

Phone: 615.741.2891

Fax: 615.532.1548

CELL: 615.202.7268


                                          ALABAMA

In Alabama, we have not considered requiring underground crossings of freeways by electrical
utilities. As far as GPS coordinates on new locations by permit, we have considered doing this as
well as requiring an as built GPS survey for relocated underground utilities before they are
covered up. We haven’t moved forward with this until we have a GIS to make use of that
information.



Robert G. Lee

State Utilities Engineer

Alabama DOT

1409 Coliseum Blvd.

Montgomery, AL 36110

334.242.6155


                                          MONTANA


Montana : No

walt Scott
Supervisor - Utility Section


                                          GEORGIA


Georgia’s response:

(1) Not yet, but headed that way eventually; and (2) No

Jeff Baker, P.E.

State Utilities Engineer

Georgia Dept. of Transportation

935 E. Confederate Ave., Bldg. #24

Atlanta, GA. 30316

404-635-8045 (w)

404-635-8066 (fax)


                                            IDAHO


QUESTION:

The Michigan DOT is considering two new requirements for utility installations
allowed by permit. One is to require GPS location data to be captured, retained
and supplied to the DOT for all new installations.



RESPONSE FROM ITD

GPS coordinates are requested (voluntary) on ITD's Utility Use Permit form but
are not mandatory (mainly because ITD permit storage program does not make
use of GPS coordinates in recalling stored documents or in performing searches
of information).




QUESTION:
The other is not to allow overhead utility crossings of limited access facilities
unless the utility can show underground placement to be impractical or a
significant hardship.



RESPONSE FROM ITD

ITD allows overhead and underground utility crossings of limited access facilities.




Robert Linkhart

Idaho Transportation Department

(208)334-8492




                                         INDIANA

Indiana has not required anything like this. The GPS location data has been coming up more
and more in the past year or so.


                                       OKLAHOMA


Oklahoma responds as follows:

1) We do not currently require GPS data.

2) We do not currently have such a policy regarding access controlled facilities.

But, we like both of the ideas, especially the GPS data.

Kurt A. Harms

Chief, Right-of-Way & Utilities

Okla. Dept. of Trans.

200 N.E. 21st Street
Okla. City, OK 73105

(405)521-2661 Office

(405)522-1858 Fax


                                               VIRGINIA


Virginia currently does not require either GPS coordinates for utility permit installations or limited
access crossings be placed underground.

 In Virginia a utility operator is required by law to maintain reasonable as-built plans of their
facilities (location within 2’), this would include those installed under permit. Several of the larger
utility operators utilize GPS coordinates for their internal use, we have not made this a
requirement to date.

We require a minimum of 21’ vertical clearance across any limited access right of way for aerial
crossings (Poles are located outside of limited access lines). There have been no instances
which would necessitate a need to require these installations be placed underground.

Matt Reynolds

Assistant State Utilities Engineer

(804) 786-2934


                                          SOUTH DAKOTA


South Dakota has not required either of these items, however the GPS location is a
good idea.


                                             MARYLAND


Maryland has not considered requiring GPS information on permits, however, we have required
GPS information on the as-built plans for resource sharing projects.

As for the aerial facilities, Maryland's policy states that the utility company is to replace in kind. If
the facility could be replaced aerially and were placed underground the "additional cost" for the
installation would be bourn by the requesting party. For example, if the state required the facility
to be placed underground, the state would pick up the "additional cost". If the Utility opted to
replace the facility underground, the utility would pay the "additional cost". And finally, if a third
party requested the facility be replaced underground, such as a municipality, the municipality
would pay the "additional cost" over the cost to replace the aerial facility in kind. The in-kind
portion of the costs would still be between the state and the utility based on prior rights.
Nelson P. Smith, Jr.

Statewide Utility Engineer

Maryland State Highway Administration

211 East Madison Street, mailstop MLL4

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

(410) 545-5546

nsmith@sha.state.md.us


                                              ARIZONA


1. In January of this year ADOT issued a new stored spec that required all new underground
utility installations to include a trace wire to aide designation of the facility in the future. We do
not require GPS locating capabilities. I can send you the stored spec if you wish.




2. ADOT does not mandate underground place of overhead facilities either for access
controlled conditions or non-access controlled conditions. Undergrounding is considered a
betterment that we cannot mandate to the community. Pole placement is usually outside R/W.
The utility is required to provide vertical clearance as prescribed by industry standards.

Bruce Vana

Engineer - Manager

ADOT

Utility and Railroad Engineering Section

602-712-8681

bvana@azdot.gov


                                          NORTH DAKOTA


NO, we do not as of yet for NDDOT


                                           WASHINGTON
Answers below:

 Tom Swafford

Utilities, Railroad & Agreements Manager

Washington State Department of Transportation

PO Box 47329

Olympia, WA 98504-7329

360-705-7237


                                       CALIFORNIA

This has been proposed and we are exploring the possibility of it as part of a database.

2.   Not allow overhead utility crossings of limited access facilities

unless the utility can show underground placement to be impractical or a significant
hardship.

No; in fact we do the opposite. Section 13.04.07.07 of the Right of Way Manual states we
will not pay for cost for underground aerial unless there is an engineering need for the
undergrounding. We do not underground for aesthetic purposes or scenic highways. If
undergrounded, this is a betterment and we will only pay the cost for aerial.

								
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