Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article I - Utility Location Code

Rights of abut­ting prop­er­ty own­ers are cov­ered under Illi­nois Statutes (605 ILCS 5/9–113 and 5/9–127).  The Depart­ment shall not be a par­ty in any nego­ti­a­tions between the util­i­ty and abut­ting prop­er­ty owners.

In the facil­i­ties installed on Coun­ty high­way rights of way are aban­doned, the util­i­ty com­pa­ny may, at the option of the Super­in­ten­dent of High­ways be required to remove such facil­i­ties and restore the right of way to a sat­is­fac­to­ry con­di­tion.  Such removal is not expect­ed to be a nor­mal require­ment but request­ed only when the aban­doned facil­i­ties will inter­fere with antic­i­pat­ed con­struc­tion or oth­er antic­i­pat­ed use of the right of way in the area or when exis­tence of the aban­doned util­i­ties could be detri­men­tal to the highway.

Cer­tain facil­i­ties that may be con­sid­ered as qua­si-util­i­­­ty occu­pan­cies may be per­mit­ted on Coun­ty high­way rights of way sub­ject to the applic­a­ble require­ments and restric­tions for the more com­mon util­i­ty instal­la­tions here­in cov­ered in detail.  In this cat­e­go­ry would be such facil­i­ties as High­way Light­ing, Drainage Ditch­es, Irri­ga­tion Ditch­es, Lev­ees and pos­si­bly some others.

These mis­cel­la­neous facil­i­ties, where and when per­mit­ted, shall be con­struct­ed in accord with the Department’s cur­rent design stan­dards and be sub­ject to struc­tur­al analy­sis when appropriate.

It shall be the respon­si­bil­i­ty of the util­i­ty com­pa­ny to ascer­tain the pres­ence of, and the loca­tion of, exist­ing under­ground util­i­ty facil­i­ties or drainage facil­i­ties on the high­way right of way to be occu­pied by their pro­posed facilities.

Util­i­ty facil­i­ties on Coun­ty high­way rights of way are to be main­tained by or for the own­er cor­po­ra­tion in a man­ner sat­is­fac­to­ry to the Depart­ment and at the own­er corporation’s expense.

Upon com­ple­tion of all con­struc­tion or main­te­nance of util­i­ty facil­i­ties on Coun­ty high­way rights of ay, the con­trac­tor and/or the own­er cor­po­ra­tion shall remove all excess mate­r­i­al and restore all turf and ter­rain to the sat­is­fac­tion of the Depart­ment.  Such cleanup and repair may con­sist of back­fill­ing, regard­ing, reseed­ing, resod­ding, or any oth­er require­ment to restore the right of way to a con­di­tion equiv­a­lent to that which exist­ed pri­or to the com­mence­ment of the project.

(A) Gen­er­al.  The sure­ty bonds required for util­i­ty work and occu­pan­cy on Coun­ty high­way rights of way are intend­ed pri­mar­i­ly to assure the prompt and sat­is­fac­to­ry replace­ment and repair, at no cost to the Coun­ty, of Coun­ty high­way facil­i­ties that may be dam­aged or dis­rupt­ed by the util­i­ty com­pa­nies oper­a­tions or occu­pan­cy.  These bonds are not to be con­sid­ered as per­son­al injury and prop­er­ty dam­age insurance.

The mon­e­tary val­ue of the sure­ty shall be based on the poten­tial for high­way facil­i­ty dam­ages which may be relat­ed to the type and vol­ume of trans­mit­tant, and the phys­i­cal dimen­sions of the util­i­ty facilities.

(B) High­way Per­mit Con­tin­u­ing Bond.  Sure­ty is to be pro­vid­ed as a con­tin­u­ing bond to remain in full force and effect for all Util­i­ty Com­pa­nies issued a Gen­er­al Util­i­ty Per­mit pro­vid­ing for long-term or per­ma­nent occu­pan­cy of Coun­ty high­way rights of way.

(C) Indi­vid­ual High­way Per­mit Bond.  Sure­ty shall be pro­vid­ed by a con­trac­tor who con­structs or main­tains util­i­ty facil­i­ties under per­mit for a munic­i­pal­i­ty or oth­er pub­lic body which is not required to main­tain a con­tin­u­ing bond.  Indi­vid­ual High­way Per­mit Bonds are to remain in full force and effect until the spe­cif­ic project is com­plet­ed and the high­way right of way left in a con­di­tion sat­is­fac­to­ry to the Department.

(D) Con­tin­u­ing Bond for Util­i­ty Con­trac­tors.  A con­trac­tor, who has occa­sion to fre­quent­ly request per­mits for util­i­ty work for pub­lic enti­ties, may pro­vide, at his option, for a con­tin­u­ing bond.  This arrange­ment elim­i­nates the need for the con­trac­tor to secure an Indi­vid­ual High­way Per­mit Bond for each project.

The peti­tion­er for the occu­pan­cy of Coun­ty high­way right of way indem­ni­fies the Coun­ty by pro­vi­sions of the per­mit against any lia­bil­i­ty for death, per­son­al injury, or prop­er­ty dam­age that might occur attrib­ut­able to the con­struc­tion, main­te­nance, or occu­pan­cy of the util­i­ty facil­i­ties on the Coun­ty high­way right of way.

The mate­r­i­al used in con­struct­ing util­i­ty instal­la­tions on the rights of way of the Coun­ty High­way Sys­tem shall be those meet­ing the accept­ed stan­dards of the appro­pri­ate indus­try, the applic­a­ble por­tions of the State’s “Stan­dard Spec­i­fi­ca­tions for Road and Bridge Con­struc­tion”, the require­ments of the Illi­nois Com­merce Com­mis­sion, or the Stan­dards estab­lished by oth­er offi­cial reg­u­la­to­ry agen­cies for the appro­pri­ate industry.

Con­struc­tion meth­ods for util­i­ty instal­la­tions on Coun­ty high­way rights of way shall com­ply with the applic­a­ble pro­vi­sions of the State of Illi­nois Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion “Stan­dard Spec­i­fi­ca­tions for Road and Bridge Con­struc­tion”, the applic­a­ble Gen­er­al Orders of the Illi­nois Com­merce Com­mis­sion, Reg­u­la­tions of the Illi­nois Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, and the Stan­dards adopt­ed by the appro­pri­ate industry.

(A) Bor­ing or Jack­ing.  Bor­ing or jack­ing under Coun­ty high­ways shall be accom­plished from pits locat­ed a min­i­mum dis­tance of ten (10) feet (3m) plus the depth of pit with­out shoring from the edge of the pave­ment.  If shoring is used, the pits shall be locat­ed a min­i­mum of ten (10) feet (3m) from the edge of pave­ment on con­ven­tion­al high­ways.  The shoring shall be installed imme­di­ate­ly after exca­va­tion of the pit and it shall be designed, erect­ed, sup­port­ed, braced, and main­tained so that it will safe­ly sup­port all ver­ti­cal and lat­er­al loads that may be imposed upon it dur­ing the bor­ing or jack­ing operation.

Wet bor­ing or jet­ting shall not be per­mit­ted under the road­way struc­ture of Coun­ty highways.

Bor­ings over six (6) inch­es (0.15m) in diam­e­ter shall be accom­plished with an auger and fol­low­ing pipe, and the diam­e­ter of the auger and fol­low­ing pipe by more than one (1) inch (25mm).  Bor­ings six (6) inch­es and under may be accom­plished by either jack­ing or auger and fol­low­ing pipe method.  Pits for bor­ing or jack­ing shall be exca­vat­ed no more than forty-eight (48) hours in advance of bor­ing or jack­ing oper­a­tions and back­filled with­in forty-eight (48) hours after bor­ing or jack­ing oper­a­tions are com­plet­ed.  While pits are open, they shall be clear­ly marked and pro­tect­ed by barricades.

(B) Trench­ing.  Trench­ing for util­i­ty instal­la­tion, repair, or main­te­nance on Coun­ty high­way rights of way shall be done in accord with the applic­a­ble por­tions of Sec­tion 603 of the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion “Stan­dard Spec­i­fi­ca­tions for Road and Bridge Con­struc­tion”.

The length of open trench shall be kept to the prac­ti­ca­ble min­i­mum con­sis­tent with require­ments for pipe-line testing.

Open trench and windrowed exca­vat­ed mate­r­i­al shall be pro­tect­ed as required by Chap­ter 6 of the Illi­nois“Man­u­al of Uni­form Traf­fic Con­trol Devices”.  Where prac­ti­ca­ble, the exca­vat­ed mate­r­i­al shall be deposit­ed between the road­way and the trench as added protection.

Exca­vat­ed mate­r­i­al shall not be allowed to remain on the paved por­tion of the road­way.  Where right of way width does not allow for windrow­ing exca­vat­ed mate­r­i­al off the paved por­tion of the road­way, exca­vat­ed mate­r­i­al shall be hauled to an off-road location.

(C) Back­fill­ing. Back­fill­ing shall con­sist of refill­ing pits and/or trench­es, exca­vat­ed for the instal­la­tion of util­i­ties, with accept­able mate­ri­als and con­struc­tion meth­ods in accord with the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion “Stan­dard Spec­i­fi­ca­tions for Road and Bridge Con­struc­tion”.  When exca­vat­ed mate­r­i­al is hauled away or is unsuit­able for back­fill, suit­able gran­u­lar back­fill shall be used.

All trench­es with­in the lim­its of the road­way struc­ture shall be back­filled for their full width, depth, and length with gran­u­lar mate­r­i­al meet­ing the require­ments of Arti­cle 704.07 (approx­i­mate­ly CA 17 gra­da­tion) of the “Stan­dard Spec­i­fi­ca­tions for Road and Bridge Con­struc­tion”.

(D) Pave­ment Cuts.  Pave­ment cuts for util­i­ty instal­la­tion or repair shall not be per­mit­ted on any Coun­ty high­way open for traf­fic.  If a vari­ance is per­mit­ted as cov­ered under Sec­tion 33–1‑6, the fol­low­ing require­ments shall apply:

  1. Any exca­va­tion under pave­ments shall be prompt­ly back­filled with gran­u­lar mate­r­i­al meet­ing the require­ments of Arti­cle 704.07 (approx­i­mate­ly CA 17 gra­da­tion) of the State’s “Stan­dard Spec­i­fi­ca­tions for Road and Bridge Con­struc­tion”.
  2. Restora­tion for pave­ment, in kind, shall be accom­plished as soon as prac­ti­ca­ble, and tem­po­rary repair with bitu­mi­nous mix­ture shall be pro­vid­ed imme­di­ate­ly.  Any sub­se­quent fail­ure of either tem­po­rary repair or the restora­tion shall be rebuilt upon noti­fi­ca­tion by the Department.

(E) Mate­r­i­al Stor­age on Right of Way.  All pipe, con­duit, wire, poles, cross arms, or oth­er mate­ri­als dis­trib­uted along the high­way pri­or to instal­la­tion shall be placed as remote as prac­ti­ca­ble from the edge of pave­ment in a man­ner to min­i­mize its being a haz­ard to errant vehi­cles or an obsta­cle to high­way main­te­nance.  If mate­r­i­al is to be stored on high­way right of way for more than two (2) weeks pri­or to instal­la­tion, approval must be obtained from the Super­in­ten­dent of High­ways or his duly autho­rized agent.

(F) Oper­a­tional Restric­tions.  Util­i­ty con­struc­tion and/or main­te­nance oper­a­tions on Coun­ty high­way rights of way may be at the dis­cre­tion of the Depart­ment, be required to be dis­con­tin­ued dur­ing peri­ods of inclement weath­er when such oper­a­tions would cre­ate extra­or­di­nary haz­ards to high­way traf­fic.  Such oper­a­tions may also be required to be dis­con­tin­ued or restrict­ed when soil con­di­tions are such that the util­i­ty work would result in exten­sive dam­age to the high­way right of way.

These restric­tions shall be waived when emer­gency work is required to restore vital util­i­ty services.

Encase­ment of under­ground util­i­ty cross­ings where required is intend­ed to serve one or more of the fol­low­ing purposes:

(A) To allow replace­ment of util­i­ty with­out future dis­rup­tion of road­way structure.

(B) To vent or drain leaks of volatile gas­es or liq­uids that might occur under the road­way structure.

(C) To serve as bridge or car­ri­er through unsta­ble soil structure.

(D) To pre­vent cav­i­ta­tion under pave­ment struc­ture from leaks of pres­sur­ized liquids.

(E) To allow ease of inser­tion and coat­ing pro­tec­tion of util­i­ty con­duc­tor or carrier.

(F) To pro­vide pro­tec­tion of util­i­ty con­duc­tor or car­ri­er from super­im­posed loads and/or “dig-in” damage.

(G) Cas­ing pipe shall be designed to with­stand the load of the high­way and any oth­er super­im­posed loads.  The cas­ing shall be con­tin­u­ous either by one-piece fab­ri­ca­tion or by weld­ing or joint­ed instal­la­tion approved by the Depart­ment Under-ground util­i­ty cross­ings with­out encase­ment, when per­mit­ted, will gen­er­al­ly pre­clude future main­te­nance or repair with­in the area between the ditch lines or toes of slopes.

Util­i­ties, where per­mit­ted, shall be locat­ed as remote as prac­ti­cal from the trav­eled or paved por­tion of the high­way.  No new above ground util­i­ty facil­i­ties shall be locat­ed with­in the area estab­lished as clear zone for that par­tic­u­lar sec­tion of high­way.  No new par­al­lel util­i­ty instal­la­tions shall be per­mit­ted under paved por­tions of streets or high­ways under Depart­ment juris­dic­tion in rur­al areas and only under extra­or­di­nary con­di­tions in urban areas.

Util­i­ty cross­ing facil­i­ties installed between the ditch lines of Coun­ty high­ways shall be designed and con­struct­ed and shall incor­po­rate mate­ri­als and pro­tec­tive appur­te­nances so as to vir­tu­al­ly pre­clude future dis­rup­tion in these areas.  Pro­tec­tion may include encase­ment, addi­tion­al cov­er, or oth­er mea­sures that might not be required out­side these areas.

Util­i­ties shall not be per­mit­ted to cross under local high­ways in cat­tle pass­es, cul­verts, or oth­er drainage facilities.

(A) Man­holes.  Man­holes shall not be per­mit­ted in the traf­fic lanes of Coun­ty high­ways in rur­al areas.  Exist­ing man­holes may be per­mit­ted to remain.

(B) Util­i­ty Bridges and Tun­nels.  Bridges to car­ry util­i­ties over Coun­ty high­ways or tun­nels to car­ry util­i­ties under Coun­ty high­ways shall be con­sid­ered as a use of “Air Rights” and shall be processed on fed­er­al­ly aid­ed high­ways as pre­scribed in Fed­er­al-Aid High­way Pro­gram Man­u­al Vol­ume 7, Chap­ter 4, Sec­tion 3.  (For­mer­ly PPM 80–10‑1 and 80–10‑2).  The same pro­vi­sions shall apply to non-fed­er­al­­­ly aid­ed Coun­ty high­ways except the approval of FHWA will not be a requirement.

(C) Medi­ans.  Each util­i­ty cross­ing involv­ing con­struc­tion oper­a­tions with­in a medi­an area shall be con­sid­ered indi­vid­u­al­ly.  If such oper­a­tions can be con­duct­ed thir­ty (30) feet (9 m) or more from edges of both pave­ments, the cross­ing will be con­sid­ered as two sep­a­rate high­way crossings.

(D) On-Site Util­i­ty Loca­tion.  The require­ments for the ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal field loca­tion of any util­i­ty instal­la­tion on Coun­ty right of way pri­or to and dur­ing con­struc­tion shall be in accor­dance with the Depart­ment policy.

(E) Under­ground Util­i­ty Mark­ers.  Mark­ers shall be placed on exist­ing right-of-way lines every one-half (0.5) mile where con­tin­u­ous under­ground util­i­ties are locat­ed on new or replace­ment installation.

The mark­ers shall be placed a min­i­mum of five (5) feet above the exist­ing ground line and shall con­tain the name and address of the own­er and the type of under­ground facil­i­ty locat­ed near­by and the tele­phone num­ber to be called in case of emergency.

If more than one util­i­ty exists along the same area, addi­tion­al mark­ers may be placed upon the same post, when per­mis­sion is grant­ed by the ini­tial util­i­ty to place addi­tion­al mark­ers upon their post.

This pol­i­cy is ori­ent­ed toward the preser­va­tion of the rights and priv­i­leges of the gen­er­al pub­lic in the safe and free use of the Coun­ty High­way Sys­tem while allow­ing the opti­mum usage of the high­way rights of way by util­i­ties that pro­vide need­ed and use­ful ser­vices to the gen­er­al public.

Requests for util­i­ty occu­pan­cies that would not con­form to the pro­vi­sions of this pol­i­cy shall be con­sid­ered indi­vid­u­al­ly.  Vari­ance from pol­i­cy may be grant­ed where extreme ter­rain fea­tures or oth­er extreme con­di­tions would make com­pli­ance imprac­ti­cal or unreasonable.

The grantee of util­i­ty occu­pan­cy per­mit is respon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing and installing warn­ing signs, pro­tec­tive devices and flag­men, when nec­es­sary, meet­ing the Department’s require­ments for pro­tec­tion of the trav­el­ing pub­lic and the util­i­ties’ work­ers when per­form­ing any work on the right of way.  This is a very impor­tant respon­si­bil­i­ty and the util­i­ty is sub­ject to the same traf­fic pro­tec­tion require­ments as a con­trac­tor of Coun­ty forces work­ing on the right of way.  The Department’s min­i­mum of the “Illi­nois Man­u­al on Uni­form Traf­fic Con­trol Devices for Streets and High­ways”.  The grantee shall take imme­di­ate action to cor­rect any defi­cien­cies in traf­fic pro­tec­tion require­ments that are brought to said grantee’s atten­tion by the Department.

A fee of One Hun­dred Dol­lars ($100.00)shall be assessed for each per­mit appli­ca­tion to cov­er pre-inspec­­­tion, board review, and post-inspec­­­tion requirements.

In addi­tion, if repairs are nec­es­sary due to improp­er work­man­ship by the util­i­ty com­pa­ny, such repairs shall be made by the high­way depart­ment and billed to the respon­si­ble util­i­ty company.

Per­mits and bonds to be issued under this pol­i­cy by the­Coun­ty ofU­nion will be exe­cut­ed by the Union Coun­ty Super­in­ten­dent of Highways.

The writ­ten con­sent for util­i­ty occu­pan­cy required by Illi­nois Com­piled Statutes (605 ILCS 5/9–113) is pro­vid­ed by pro­ce­dures involv­ing the appli­ca­tion for and the issuance of per­mits on forms stan­dard­ized by the Union Coun­ty High­way Depart­ment (here­inafter referred to as Depart­ment).  No util­i­ty work shall be start­ed on a local right of way until an approved per­mit has been issued.

(A) Dis­claimer.  Per­mits issued by the Depart­ment are effec­tive only inso­far as the Coun­ty of Union and the Union Coun­ty Super­in­ten­dent of High­ways has juris­dic­tion and do not pre­sume to release the per­mit­tee from com­pli­ance with any Fed­er­al, State, or local statutes and reg­u­la­tions applic­a­ble to util­i­ty con­struc­tion, oper­a­tion or maintenance.