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Manual for Controlling and Reducing the Frequency of Pavement Utility Cuts
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This manual is intended to provide guidance and support for state and local rights-of-way (ROW) and public works agencies in developing policies and in promoting technologies for controlling or reducing the frequency of utility cuts in pavement infrastructure. The primary focus of this manual is the potential for policies that may be implemented and technologies that may be encouraged by individual agencies to control and reduce the frequency of utility cuts in pavements. Current and potential uses of trenchless technology are discussed to provide a basic technical background of, and to inform the users of this manual about, methods available to help reduce the frequency of pavement utility cuts.
The primary audience of this manual is the state and local utilities and ROW manager charged with the responsibility of protecting and regulating an agency's rights-of-way. With such a substantial responsibility, mixed with constrained resources yet ever-increasing demands from utility providers, state and local highway agencies must find ways to manage and control access to the ROW. By so doing, they attempt to preserve the functional life of ROW assets and minimize the life-cycle cost of the facilities.
This manual is organized into five chapters. The first two chapters give a general background of the problems that have arisen throughout the United States and preview potential solutions to these problems. Chapter 1 describes the policies that may be implemented by various local and state agencies to control the frequency of pavement utility cuts. Chapter 4 discusses the technology available for reducing the frequency of these cuts by encouraging trenchless technologies, where possible, and in reducing the impact to existing facilities (utilities or public assets) when using either open-trench or trenchless methods. Section 4.5 presents several innovations that may be used in the near future to reduce the requirements for open-trenching methods of utility construction and maintenance even further. Chapter 5 highlights recommended policies and practices for controlling and reducing the frequency of utility cuts in highways and streets throughout the Nation.