Clear Roadside Committee Mission Statement A committee formed to develop a comprehensive clear roadside safety program that will improve the safe and efficient use of highway rights of way for the traveling public in the State of Georgia. Once developed, the committee will communicate the benefits of the program to all utilities statewide and strive for participation by all utilities that occupy highway rights of way.
What Are We Attempting to Achieve Guidelines for pole placement on rural and urban shoulders Reducing facilities and injuries by joint efforts between Utilities and GDOT Bring attention to site specific safety considerations
What do the Feds think? FHA Program Guide: Utility Relocation and Accommodation on Federal-Aid Highway Projects, Sixth Edition, Section 645.209(k): The highway agency shall initiate corrective measures. The intent for each State to work with pole owners. Systematically remove, relocate, or mitigate hazardously located utility poles.
Why is it Needed. Over 3 million utility poles statewide On average of 50 deaths and approx. 3400 injuries each year
Why is it Needed. Over 3 million utility poles statewide On average of 50 deaths and approx. 3400 injuries each year Georgia ranks 13 th in Pole Fatality Accidents
Accidents Information will be sent to the pole owner for their review
Permitting (New Facilities) All new facilities (in rural areas) will follow the Roadside Design Guide, current edition, published by AASHTO as a guide in determining current clear roadside requirements. Curb Section - Where there are curbed sections the utilities are to be located as far as practical behind the back of curb. The following is the minimum lateral clearances based on the respective posted speed limits: Minimum Lateral ClearancePosted Speed Limit (mph) 12’ 45 8’ 35 to 40 6’ 0 to 30 The lateral clearance is measured from the back of curb to the face of pole. However, in all of the above cases, the facility shall not encroach upon current ADA sidewalk clearances.
Proactive Efforts The DOT would assist in funding for the relocations of poles $5,000,000 of safety funds 50% assistance
Accidents involving pole fatalities will be sent to the pole owner for his review. If the pole was the determining factor, the poles in the area in question will be addressed immediately. Major rehab projects where 33% of poles are being replaced or added the pole owner will be required to relocate all the poles in the permit request to current clear roadside requirements. Where accident data for a pole line shows an average of 1 accident per mile per year for the last 3 years (with none being a fatality), and where the pole location doesn’t meet clear roadside requirements; the pole owner will be required to relocate that section of line or use approved mitigation methods. All new facilities will be required to meet current clear roadside requirements shown in the DOT Accommodation Manual. Proactive effort by the participating utilities to address high accident location in their service area. The DOT would assist in funding relocations of poles based on accident when safety funds are available.
Current Schedule First Project - CSSTP-0007-00(072) has currently been identified GDOT working on Guidelines and Agreements Utilities working on cost estimates (starting October) Project set for January 2005