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Utility Relocation and Accommodation on Federal-Aid Highway Projects


This utility program guide has been developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to assist individuals administering Federal-aid highway programs that involve -

This is the sixth edition of the guide. It supersedes all previous editions.

Laws dealing with utility relocation and accommodation are contained in the United States Code, title 23, sections 123 and 109(l)(1), respectively. These laws are contained in the Appendix and will be cited in this guide as 23 U.S.C. 123 and 23 U.S.C. 109(l)(1).

Regulations dealing with utility relocation and accommodation matters are based upon laws contained in 23 U.S.C. and are found in the Code of Federal Regulations, title 23, chapter I, subchapter G, part 645, subparts A and B. These regulations are contained in the Appendix and will be cited in this guide as 23 CFR 645.

Material presented in 23 CFR 645 is reviewed by subject matter in this guide. A historical perspective is included for several items to explain why certain policy requirements were established. Examples are included showing how certain provisions have been applied.

This guide also incorporates information from several FHWA Headquarters responses to field inquiries that have served as interpretations or explanations of various policy provisions.

The information in this guide is accurate as of the date of the guide. Generally, FHWA requirements and policies regarding utility relocation, adjustment, and accommodation have remained consistent over the years. However, from time to time certain regulations and/or policies and practices have been and may be modified.

Questions arising concerning latest policy interpretations should be directed to FHWA, Office of Program Administration, 400 7th Street, SW., Room 3134, Washington, D.C. 20590. Telephone (202) 366-0494.

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