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

The Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement and Safety (PIPES) Act of 2006 impacts the work of each State Transportation Department (STD) as excavators and potentially as operators. States currently have damage prevention laws in place, which impacts the STD as well. The PIPES Act provides for enhanced safety and environmental protection in pipeline transportation, partially focused on damage prevention in developing effective state damage prevention programs. The PIPES Act also provides PHMSA with limited authority to conduct administrative civil enforcement proceedings against excavators who damage pipelines in states that fail to adequately enforce damage prevention law. The PIPES Act limits the Secretary of Transportation’s ability to take civil enforcement action against these excavators, unless it is determined that the state's enforcement of its damage prevention laws is inadequate to protect safety. The objective of this research is to identify impacts to State Transportation Department (STD) due to: changes in local, state and federal pipe and damage prevention regulation, impacts due to the NPRM evaluation criteria outlined, and general Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The research may investigate STD related subjects such as: variances in damage prevention laws in the states, enforcement of state dig law, mandatory damage reporting, mandatory membership in One Calls, and removal of exemptions from state damage prevention laws.  


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  • Status: Active
  • 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: 0

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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