POLICIES FOR ACCOMMODATION OF UTILITIES ON HIGHWAY RIGHTS-OF-WAY

The dual interest in the use of highway rights-of-way is recognized by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in lines for meeting the needs of both highways and utilities. Each state highway or transportation agency has adopted its own utility accommodation policy, generally following the criteria contained in the AASHTO Guide. This report explores the requirements of state policies with respect to the various facets of utility accommodation: pipelines, power and communication lines, installation on structues, scenic enhancement, permits and fees, utility accommodation coordination, and others. Findings of the synthesis include: most agencies have used the AASHTO Guide as the model for their policies on utility accommodation; there are policy variations from state to state in such items as: location bury, encasement, and installation of underground utilities; differences in location, alginment, bury, clearance, encasement, etc., are not always attributable to differences in geographic area, climate, terrain, or other factors; all policies reflect a desire to locate utilities as far as possible from the traveled way; some policies relate location, bury, and encasement requirements with relative hazards involved; most agencies are aware of the need for scenic enhancement of roadsides, and thus have adopted the exact or similar wording of the AASHTO Guide on scenic enhancement for utility installations; the need for coordination of the practices and procedurs of all utilities that use the right-of-way is not adequately covered by the AASHTO Guide, nor do individual state policies make specific references to utility accommodation coordination. Recommendations for the improvement of policies on accommodation of utilities have been made.

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  • Accession Number: 00138580
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM