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Official Publication of the State Administrative Rules (24-4-103(11) C.R.S.)

Details of Tracking Number  2009-00139


CCR details

Tracking Number 2009-00139
Type of Filing Permanent Rule
Department 600 Department of Transportation
Agency 601 Transportation Commission and Office of Transportation Safety
CCR Number 2 CCR 601-18
CCR Title Utility Code Rule

Proposed rule

Notice Filed with SOS 02/27/2009
Rule ProposedRuleAttach2009-00139.DOC
Additional Information AddInfoAttach2009-00139.DOC
Statutory Authority 43-1-225 (1) CRS
Description of Subjects/Issues New rule for the purpose of accomodating utilities in the state highway rights of way.
Purpose/Objective of Rule To improve worker safety by establishing higher minimum clearances for transverse aerial utility crossings of State Highways. On average, CDOT issued 51 permits for overhead Rural Electric Association (REA) utility line highway crossings in each of the last five years. Since two CDOT employees died as a direct result of electrocution after coming into contact with overhead electrical utility lines in the past twenty-six years with one such fatality in the last two years; CDOT is requesting that the vertical clearance for transverse utility line crossings over CDOT roadways be increased from the current minimum of 20.5 feet to 24.0 feet to improve worker safety. The L150 Volvo, a five cubic yard front-end loader, and various models of twelve cubic yard dump trucks are the most common pieces of equipment currently used within CDOT right-of-way during normal maintenance operations. During a normal loading operation, the L150 Volvo loader bucket can reach heights of up to 23 feet 9 inches, and during normal dumping operations, the dump trucks can reach heights of 22 feet 6 inches. Therefore, minimum vertical utility line roadway clearances have been recommended to be raised to 24 feet to eliminate direct contact with electric utility lines. There has been no change from the current vertical clearance minimum of 20 feet for longitudinal installations since they are required to be as close to the edge of the right-of-way as possible. Section 9-2.5-102(1), Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS), requires all electric utility lines with less than ten feet of overhead vertical clearance between operated equipment and those lines to be effectively shielded. A tractor with lowboy trailer simply hauling the L150 loader to, from or on the jobsite require effective shielding of every overhead electric utility line whose overhead vertical clearance is less than 24 feet.
Regulatory analysis RegulatoryAnalysisAttachment2009-00139.DOC
Submitted in response to issues raised by COLS/OLLS? No
Is this rule adopted in response to recent legislation?
Hearing Date 04/03/2009
Hearing Time 09:00 AM
Hearing Location CDOT, Auditorium, 4201 East Arkansas Ave, Denver, CO 80222
Contact Name Teresa Lawser
Contact Title Rules Coordinator
Contact Telephone 303-757-9843
Contact email teresa.lawser@dot.state.co.us

Adopted rule

Adopted Rules AdoptedRules02009-00139.RTF
Adopted Date 09/17/2009
AGO requested date 09/18/2009
Attorney General Opinion 09/24/2009
Effective Date 10/30/2009
Inserted into CCR 10/08/2009