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.