Research for AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways. Task 389. Implications of State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) Participation in the One Call Process as an Underground Facility Operator

State one call centers are part of a nationwide system that has been established to minimize the chance of excavators damaging underground utilities during construction projects. These systems are funded through fees assessed to the operators of underground utilities and are free to users (How 811 Works). Laws dictating which utility operators must participate in one call systems vary among states. Some utility operators are exempted from taking part in one call systems. Recently, these exemptions have introduced problems by limiting access to grant opportunities available for state one call centers. As such, exemptions have come under greater scrutiny, with some questioning whether exemptions are warranted for any institution or agency. Despite operating underground utilities as part of their transportation networks (e.g. traffic signal cables, roadway lighting, drainage systems), State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) are one group of institutions who have frequently been granted exemptions (both as a facility operator and excavator) from one call requirements. This has especially been the case when facilities are located within agency-managed right-of-way. This research focuses on costs, benefits, and risks DOTs experience due to the exemptions they may have as facility operators.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-07, Task 389

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Kentucky Research Foundation

  • Principal Investigators:

    Taylor, Timothy

  • Start Date: 20170213
  • Expected Completion Date: 20181015
  • Actual Completion Date: 20181015

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01669528
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-07, Task 389
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 21 2018 3:07PM