Some utilities argue that it is the road agency's responsibility to make the poles safe, or, as a minimum, to advise them thatat a hazard exists and order the change. State laws governing the use of the highway right-of-way and responsibility for improvements, or relocation can complicate the government agency's efforts to fulfill its responsibility to the motorists. Local and State road authorities should review their policies on luminaire pole placement, breakaway requirements, breakaway device maintenance procedures, and replacement policies for outdated or non-breakaway poles. They should also study their policies regarding jurisdictional responsibility for pole placement, maintenance, and modification or relocation with regard to established safety criteria. The road jurisdiction may be included in litigation by either the utility that owns the pole and/or by the injured plaintiff. (Author)

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    TranSafety Incorporated

    2020 K Street, NW, Suite 350
    Washington, DC  United States  20006
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, R W G
  • Publication Date: 1985-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 4-5
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 3
    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: TranSafety, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0884-612X

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  • Accession Number: 00451784
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 9:58PM