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News - updated February 2014

Utility policy and manual

We recently revised the MnDOT Utility Accommodation on Highway Right of Way Policy and updated the MnDOT Utility Accommodation and Coordination Manual (PDF). The policy, which the Federal Highway Administration requires of all states to receive federal dollars, consists of both a policy document and a Utility Accommodation Section that outlines the technical components of utility accommodation. Utility owners must fulfill the requirements of both the policy document and Utility Accommodation Section.

Buy America

A federal legal requirement, Buy America requires utility owners under certain circumstances to buy and use steel that is manufactured in America. It applies to utility relocations and new utility installations that are related to highway construction projects. Read more about Buy America and utility requirements.

Technical Memorandum for local agencies

We recently updated the Tech Memo (PDF) on utility coordination and accommodation on local agency projects. It now outlines the application of the utility accommodation policy, as well as application of the utility coordination process, for local agencies.

Permit name change

The Application for Utility Permit on Trunk Highway Right of Way form name has been changed to the Application for Utility Accommodation on Trunk Highway Right of Way (PDF). This form applies to almost all utility placements and relocations.

District utility meetings

Each year, MnDOT districts host annual meetings with utility owners to review upcoming projects, share information, and discuss relevant utility topics.

District 8 utility meeting
April 1, 2014, 10 a.m. to noon
Kilowatt Community Center
600 Kilowatt Drive, Granite Falls, MN
For more information contact Raed Yousef, 320-214-6352

District 7 utility meeting
April 2, 2014, 10 a.m. to noon
MnDOT District 7 Mankato headquarters
Southern Prairie, Northwoods and River Center rooms
2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato, MN
For more information contact Julie Greene, 507-304-6146

District 6 utility meeting
April 11, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to noon
MnDOT District 6 Rochester headquarters
2900 48th Street NW, Rochester, MN
For more information contact Richard Augustin, 507-286-7546

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