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1 The Georgia Initiative GDOT/GUCC Clear Roadside Program

2 Clear Roadside Tom Jackson Vice President

3 Purpose of Presentation To Heighten the awareness of the importance of proper pole (and other utility structures) placements on or adjacent to public right-of- way.

4 What more can be Done? Over 40 fatal crashes in 1997 –Where did these happen? –Why did these happen?

5 Fatal crash review >Examine the crashes closer >Determine actual pole location >Estimate influencing factors > Can these factors be changed?

6 43 Fatal Crashes in 1997 Sequence of events from: –GDOT Database information –Police report –Field Inspection –Pictures

7 Utility Pole Fatal Crashes

8 Typical Utility Pole Crash Majority involve : –Alcohol/Drugs –Lack of SeatBelt Use –Male Drivers –35-45 mph Roads –Metropolitan Areas

9 Pole Locations Comparisons Curbed –88% met 1.5’ dist. –25% met CRC Non-curbed –33% met AASHTO Curbed –83% met 1.5’ dist. –42% met CRC Non-curbed –52% met AASHTO

10 Crossover

11 Pole Locations Comparisons Curbed-38% CO –50% met CRC Non-curbed-56% CO –59% met AASHTO Curbed - 33% CO –50% met CRC Non-curbed- 36% CO –78% met AASHTO

12 Georgia Experience Curbed Roadways recognized Effect over time (30 years) Apparent benefits already realized …More Work to be Done!!



15 GUCC Clear Roadside Committee (CRC) CRC Policy: –guidelines for curbed roadways –30 year relocation & mitigation plan


17 Curbed Roadways 12 ft desirable 6 ft minimum at 35 mph or less 8 ft minimum for >35 and <45 mph

18 Relocation Plan Crash history –3 year timeframe –3 mile stretches of road State & US Routes

19 Give and Take Move certain number of poles each year Developed variance policy for joint-use situations

20 Georgia Power Program Committed to relocate 179 poles per year. Total includes poles relocated on DOT projects that did not meet clear roadside. Continuation of program started in 1979

21 Georgia Power Agreed to Goal is to have all poles meet clear roadside in 30 years. Relocate poles hit by a vehicle when possible. DOT to provide accident information.

22 DOT Agreed Not require relocation of poles when only adding facilities or reconducting only. Allow for replacement of poles in same location for maintenance.

23 Sections with Most Utility Pole Crashes - 1995 to 1997 data


25 Crash history Reduction in observed crashes More extensive before-after study needed

26 Crash Rates Crash/AADT Observed Reduction in crash rate



29 Stewart Avenue/ Metropolitan Parkway

30 What can we do? Design jobs to meet clear roadside design Review accidents to see if we can avoid future occurrences Be aware of poles placed in apex of curves

31 Review Jobs to Ensure Replacement of existing poles meet clear roadside where possible. Accidents involving fatalities are investigated to determine if pole can be relocated.

32 New Program Georgia DOT

33 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.

34 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

35 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.

36 Why is it Needed. Over 3 million utility poles statewide On average of 50 deaths and approx. 3400 injuries each year

37 Pole Accident Rates 1995 - 2003

38 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

39 Accidents Information will be sent to the pole owner for their review

40 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.

41 Proactive Efforts The DOT would assist in funding for the relocations of poles $5,000,000 of safety funds 50% assistance

42 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.


44 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



47 Future Planning Try to always set back during maintenance activities Look at the type and number of poles utilized Location, Location, Location




51 Site Specific Safety Considerations Curves “T” Intersections Lane Drops or Deceleration Lanes Intersecting Streets Kinks in Alignment Driveways or Alleys

52 Curves


54 “T” Intersections


56 Lane Drops or


58 Deceleration Lanes

59 Intersecting Streets

60 Kinks in Alignment


62 Driveways or Alleys

63 The pole usually wins






69 Questions?

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