For accomodating utilities
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SUBCHAPTER G - ENGINEERING AND TRAFFIC OPERATIONS PART 645 - UTILITIES Subpart B - Accommodation of Utilities Sec. (d) When utilities cross or otherwise occupy the right-of-way of a direct Federal or Federal-aid highway project on Federal lands, and when the right-of-way grant is for highway purposes only, the utility must also obtain and comply with the terms of a right-of-way or other occupancy permit for the Federal agency having jurisdiction over the underlying land. For the purpose of this regulation, the following definitions shall apply: - those desirable characteristics in the appearance of the highway and its environment, such as harmony between or blending of natural and manufactured objects in the environment, continuity of visual form without distracting interruptions, and simplicity of designs which are desirably functional in shape but without clutter.
In the design of new highway facilities consideration should be given to utility service needs of the area traversed if such service is to be provided from utility facilities on or near the highway.
Longitudinal use of such right-of-way by private lines is to be handled under the provisions of 23 CFR 1.23(c). (b) Since by tradition and practice highway and utility facilities frequently coexist within common right-of-way or along the same transportation corridors, it is essential in such situations that these public service facilities be compatibly designed and operated.
Efficient, effective and safe joint highway and utility development of transportation corridors is important along high speed and high volume roads, such as major arterials and freeways, particularly those approaching metropolitan areas where space is increasingly limited.
Similarly the potential impact on the highway and its users should be considered in the design and location of utility facilities on or along highway right-of-way.
(ii) The direct and indirect environmental and economic effects of any loss of productive agricultural land or any productivity of any agricultural land which would result from the disapproval of the use of such right-of-way for accommodation of such utility facility will be evaluated.(iii) These environmental and economic effects together with any interference with or impairment of the use of the highway in such right-of-way which would result from the use of such right-of-way for the accommodation of such utility facility will be considered.(iv) [Reserved] (v) A utility strip will be established along the outer edge of the right-of-way by locating a utility access control line between the proposed utility installation and the through roadway and ramps.The desired width is dependent upon the traffic volumes and speeds, and on the roadside geometry.The current edition ofthe AASHTO "Roadside Design Guide", should be used as a guide forestablishing clear zones for various types of highways and operating conditions. 319 shall be considered to be highway right-of-way.
2, 1988; 55 FR 25828, June 25, 1990; 60 FR 34850, July 5, 1995; 61 FR 12022, Mar. The lack of sufficient right-of-way width to accommodate utilities outside the desirable clear zone, in and of itself, is not a valid reason to preclude utilities from occupying the highway right-of-way.