Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article II - Electric Power and Communication Lines

(A) Par­al­lel Lines.  Under­ground pow­er and com­mu­ni­ca­tion lines may be per­mit­ted par­al­lel to the cen­ter­line of con­ven­tion­al Coun­ty high­ways under the fol­low­ing conditions:

The instal­la­tion shall be locat­ed as near the right of way line as prac­ti­ca­ble and no more than five (5) feet (1.5m) from the right of way line.

  1. Cable may be installed by trench­ing or plow­ing with spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion giv­en to cross­ing improved entrances and side roads.The appli­cant for per­mit shall sub­mit his plans and pro­posed con­struc­tion methods.
  2. If the buried elec­tric pow­er cable used it to oper­ate at three hun­dred (300) volts to ground or greater, it must include a bare ground­ed con­duc­tor in con­tin­u­ous con­tact with the earth.  This con­duc­tor shall be ade­quate for the mag­ni­tude and dura­tion of the fault cur­rent imposed and shall be either shield­ed or mul­ti­ple con­cen­tric con­duc­tors close­ly spaced circumferentially.
  3. Above-ground appur­te­nances con­struct­ed as com­po­nent parts of under­ground com­mu­ni­ca­tions or elec­tric pow­er lines shall be locat­ed with­in one (1) foot (0.3m) of the right of way line or as near as practicable.

(B)  Under­ground Cross­ings.  Under­ground pow­er and com­mu­ni­ca­tion lines will be per­mit­ted to cross Coun­ty high­ways under the fol­low­ing conditions:

  1. The design mate­ri­als and con­struc­tion meth­ods shall be those that can be expect­ed to pro­vide max­i­mum main­te­­­nance-free ser­vice life.
  2. Capac­i­ty for fore­see­able future expan­sion needs shall be pro­vid­ed in ini­tial installation.
  3. Encase­ment shall be pro­vid­ed between jack­ing or bore pits, if the cross­ing is installed by bor­ing or jacking.
  4. Encase­ment may be elim­i­nat­ed under the fol­low­ing conditions: 
    • The cross­ing is installed by the use of “moles”, “whip augers” or oth­er approved method which com­press the earth to make the open­ing for cable installation.
    • The instal­la­tion is by the open trench method.  This method is only per­mit­ted pri­or to the road­way construction.
    •  If the pow­er cable used is to oper­ate at three hun­dred (300) volts to ground or greater, it must include a bare ground­ed con­duc­tor in con­tin­u­ous con­tact with the earth.  This con­duc­tor shall be ade­quate for the mag­ni­tude and dura­tion of the fault cur­rent imposed and shall be either shield­ed or mul­ti­ple con­cen­tric con­duc­tors close­ly spaced circumferentially.
  5. Instal­la­tions shall have a min­i­mum cov­er of thir­ty (30) inch­es (0.8m)except that com­mu­ni­ca­tion lines installed by the plowed method shall have a min­i­mum cov­er of twen­­­ty-four (24) inch­es (0.6m).

(A) Par­al­lel Lines.

  1. Over­head pow­er and com­mu­ni­ca­tion lines par­al­lel to the cen­ter­line of con­ven­tion­al Coun­ty high­ways, where per­mit­ted, shall be sin­gle pole con­struc­tion locat­ed as near as prac­ti­ca­ble to the right of way line and as near­ly par­al­lel to the right of way line as rea­son­able pole align­ment will permit.
  2. Joint use of poles shall be required where practical.
  3. No util­i­ty poles shall be per­mit­ted in the ditch line of any Coun­ty highway.
  4. Ground-moun­t­ed appur­te­nances to elec­tric pow­er or com­mu­ni­ca­tion lines, when per­mit­ted, shall be locat­ed with­in one (1) foot (0.3m) of the right of way line or as near as practicable.

(B) Over­head Crossings.

  1. Over­head pow­er and com­mu­ni­ca­tion line cross­ing high­ways shall cross at or as near to a nine­ty (90) degree angle as prac­ti­ca­ble.  Ver­ti­cal line clear­ance over the road­way shall be a min­i­mum of eigh­teen (18) feet (5.5m) with addi­tion­al clear­ances as required by Gen­er­al Order No. 160 Revised of the I.C.C. for high­er volt­age lines.
  2. Poles shall be locat­ed with­in one (1) foot (0.3m) of the right of way of the high­way or as near as practicable.
  3. Over­head cross­ings at major inter­changes shall be discouraged.
  4. In expand­ing areas, fre­quent ser­vice cross­ings shall be dis­cour­aged in favor of requir­ing dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tems on both sides of the highway.

An appli­ca­tion for a per­mit for a new prop­er or com­mu­ni­ca­tion instal­la­tion sys­tem shall include evi­dence, if required, that a “Cer­tifi­cate of Pub­lic Con­ve­nience and Neces­si­ty” has been issued by the Illi­nois Com­merce Com­mis­sion.  Elec­tric pow­er or com­mu­ni­ca­tions instal­la­tions on Coun­ty high­way rights of way shall be con­struct­ed, oper­at­ed, and main­tained in con­for­mi­ty with the pro­vi­sions of the Nation­al Elec­tric Safe­ty Code and Gen­er­al Order No. 160 Revised of the Illi­nois Com­merce Com­mis­sion enti­tled “Rules for Con­struc­tion of Elec­tric Pow­er and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Lines” except for cer­tain ver­ti­cal clear­ance require­ments as here­inafter noted.

(A) Ground Mount­ed Appur­te­nances.  Ground mount­ed appur­te­nances, when per­mit­ted on Coun­ty high­way rights of way, shall be pro­vid­ed with a veg­­­e­­­ta­­­tion-free area extend­ing one (1) foot (305mm) in width beyond the appur­te­nance in all direc­tions.  The veg­­­e­­­ta­­­tion-free area may be pro­vid­ed by an exten­sion of the mount­ing pad, or by heavy duty plas­tic or sim­i­lar mate­r­i­al meet­ing the approval of the Depart­ment.  With the approval of the dis­trict, shrub­bery sur­round­ing the appur­te­nance may be used in place of veg­­­e­­­ta­­­tion-free area.  The hous­ing for ground mount­ed appur­te­nances shall be paint­ed an incon­spic­u­ous color.

(B) Guy Wires and Brace Posts.  The util­i­ty com­pa­nies shall make every rea­son­able effort to design the instal­la­tion so guys and braces will not be need­ed on the rights of way.

Excep­tions may be allowed when there is no fea­si­ble alter­na­tive.  When an excep­tion is allowed, guy wires shall be equipped with GUY GUARDS for max­i­mum visibility.