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R907. Transportation, Administration.

Rule R907-64. Longitudinal and Wireless Access to Interstate System Rights-of-Way for Installation of Telecommunication Facilities.

As in effect on July 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R907-64-1. Purpose.

The purpose of this rule is to implement a program for facilitating longitudinal access and wireless access to interstate system rights-of-way to provide for the installation, operation and maintenance of cable and wireless telecommunication facilities in the rights-of-way. This rule recognizes the importance of quality infrastructure on the interstate system and that the safety and convenience of users of the interstate system must be preserved to the greatest extent possible. Compatible with this principle, the rule also permits the use of the rights-of-way of the interstate system for telecommunication facilities that support Federal and State laws that encourage competition in telecommunication services and the deployment of advanced telecommunication technologies. The department, through designated personnel, may facilitate such installations and maintenance of such facilities, which comply with the criteria established by this rule.

R907-64-2. Authority.

Subsection 72-7-108(2)(a) states that, except as provided in Subsection (4), the department may allow a telecommunication facility provider longitudinal access to the right-of-way of a highway on the interstate system for the installation, operation, and maintenance of a telecommunication facility.

R907-64-3. Definitions.

(1) "Department" means the Utah Department of Transportation,

(2) "Clear zone" means the total roadside border area, starting at the edge of the traveled way, available for safe use by errant vehicles. This area may consist of a shoulder, a recoverable slope, a non-recoverable slope, and a clear run-out area. The desired width is dependent upon the traffic volumes, speeds, and roadside geometry.

(3) "Interstate system" means the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as defined in the Federal-aid Highway Act of 1956 and any supplemental acts or amendments.

(4) "Longitudinal access" means access to or use of any part of a right-of-way of a highway on the interstate system that extends generally parallel to the right-of-way for a total of 30 or more linear meters.

(5) "Permit" means encroachment permit, a document that specifies the requirements and conditions for performing work on the highway right-of-way.

(6) "Right-of-way" means a general term denoting land, property, or interest therein, usually in a strip, acquired for or devoted to transportation purposes.

(7) "Telecommunication Advisory Council" means the Telecommunication Advisory Council created by Section 72-7-109.

(8) "Telecommunication facility" means any telecommunication cable, line, fiber, wire, conduit, innerduct, access manhole, hand hole, tower, pedestal, pole, box, transmitting equipment, receiving equipment, power equipment or other equipment, system and device used to transmit, receive, produce or distribute via wireless, wire line, electronic, or optical signal for communication purposes.

(9) "Telecommunication facility provider" means any owner or operator of a telecommunication facility.

(10) "Utility" means privately, publicly, cooperatively, or municipally owned pipelines, facilities, or systems for producing, transmitting, or distributing communications, power, electricity, light, heat, gas, oil, petroleum products, cable television, water, sewer, steam, waste, storm water not connected with highway drainage, and other similar commodities, which directly or indirectly service the public, or any part thereof.

(11) "Wireless access" means access to and use of any part of a right-of-way or rights-of-way on, any highway of the interstate system for the purpose of constructing, installing, maintaining, using and operating telecommunication facilities for wireless telecommunications.

R907-64-4. Access Policy.

(1) The department acknowledges that Federal and State Legislation, primarily the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-104, 110 Stat. 70 (Feb. 8, 1996) and Utah Code Section 54-8b-1, encourage competition in the provision of telecommunication services, and the development and deployment of advanced telecommunication technologies, infrastructure, and networks. These legislative initiatives in turn have increased demand for rights-of-way, including highway rights-of-way, for the installation of telecommunication facilities necessary to support increased competition and deployment of an advanced telecommunication infrastructure.

(2) The department also recognizes that longitudinal access and wireless access for telecommunication facilities may be provided without compromising interstate system integrity, safety, normal interstate system operation or maintenance activities, while contributing to the deployment and efficient operation of intelligent transportation systems.

(3) Therefore, effective on or after August 17, 1999, the department may allow longitudinal access and wireless access on highways of the interstate system for placement, construction, installation, maintenance, repair, use, operation, replacement and removal of telecommunication facilities, as authorized by Section 72-7-108 and subject to compliance with this rule. This rule applies only to longitudinal access and wireless access for telecommunication facilities on rights-of-way within the interstate system and does not alter the existing policy concerning other utilities on system rights-of-way, or for accommodating utilities on other facilities under the jurisdiction of the department.

R907-64-5. Limitations and Conditions.

(1) Longitudinal and wireless access of telecommunication facilities shall be permitted only as approved by the department in accordance with the criteria and procedures set forth in this rule.

(2) In the interest of safety and preservation of the highway facility and pavement structure, the placement, installation, maintenance, repair, use, operation, replacement and removal of telecommunication facilities with longitudinal access or wireless access to the right-of-way of the interstate system shall be accommodated only when in compliance with Rule 930-7 Utility Accommodation.

(3) The department may consider financial and technical qualifications of telecommunication facility providers, and specify insurance requirements for contractors authorized to enter interstate system rights-of-way to construct, install, inspect, test, maintain or repair telecommunication facilities with longitudinal access or wireless access. When the department authorizes longitudinal access or wireless access for construction and installation, the department may require approved telecommunication facility providers to install telecommunication facilities into the same general location on the interstate system, coordinate their planning and work, install in a joint trench, and equitably share costs.

(4) Access to rights-of-way of the interstate system shall be administered in compliance with 47 U.S.C. 253 2005.

R907-64-6. Compensation.

The department shall require compensation from a telecommunication facility provider under the provisions of Section 72-7-108 for longitudinal access or other use within the right-of-way of the interstate system consistent with R907-65-10, R907-65-12 and R907-65-13.

R907-64-7. Permits and Agreements.

In addition to the requirements of R930-7, a telecommunication facility provider shall be required to complete and sign an agreement with the department prior to obtaining a permit for construction or installation of telecommunication facilities in the right-of-way.

R907-64-8. Public Involvement.

The department will advertise the Telecommunication Advisory Council public meeting whenever a permit for longitudinal access has been submitted to the department to access highway segments in the interstate system. This will allow other telecommunication providers opportunity to share joint placement of telecommunication facilities. Any interested parties may attend the public meeting to voice opinions to the Telecommunication Advisory Council as authorized by Section 72-7-108. The Telecommunication Advisory Council will assist the department in valuing in-kind compensation in accordance with 72-7-108(3)(c).

R907-64-9. Removal and Relocation.

Pursuant to Subsection 72-7-108(7)(c) the department shall require the removal or relocation of telecommunication facilities located on the interstate system to accommodate operations and highway projects at the telecommunication facility provider's expense. The department may require removal or relocation of such telecommunication facilities upon expiration or earlier termination of the permit or other agreements at the telecommunication facility provider's expense, in accordance with applicable law.

KEY

right-of-way, interstate highway system, telecommunications, longitudinal access

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

February 7, 2013

Notice of Continuation

August 27, 2018

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

72-1-201; 72-7-108; 72-7-109; 54-8b-1


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R907, please contact the promulgating agency (Transportation, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.