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§39-1.2-7  Marking of underground utilities and excavations. –

Published: 2015

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Public Utilities and Carriers

CHAPTER 39-1.2

Excavation Near Underground Utility Facilities

SECTION 39-1.2-7

   § 39-1.2-7  Marking of underground

utilities and excavations. –

(a) A public utility served with the notice in accordance with § 39-1.2-5

shall, within seventy-two (72) hours, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and

legal holidays, of the receipt of the notice, unless otherwise agreed between

the person or public agency performing the work and the public utility, mark

the approximate location of the underground utility facilities.

   (b) Prior to notifying the association, any excavator must

premark the area of proposed excavation in a manner that will enable the owner

of the public utility facilities to identify the boundaries of the proposed

excavation activities, except that premarking shall not be required if the

proposed excavation will be continuous and exceed five hundred feet (500') in

length, or if such marks may reasonably interfere with traffic or pedestrian

control or are misleading to the general public.

   (c) A public utility shall mark any of their underground

utility facilities that are located within fifteen feet (15') of the exterior

limits of the premarked excavation area.

   (d) For the purposes of this chapter, the approximate

location of underground utility facilities shall be marked with stakes, paint,

or other physical means as may be necessary to ensure a distinctive mark. The

public utility shall follow the color coding prescribed in this section.



   Electric power distribu- Safety Red

   tion and transmission

   State and municipal elec- Safety Red

   tric systems

   Gas distribution and High Visibility Safety

   transmission Yellow

   Dangerous materials, High Visibility Safety

   product line Yellow

   Telephone and telegraph Safety Alert Orange


   Water systems Safety Precaution Blue

   Cable antenna Safety Alert Orange


   Premark White

   (e) In the event the excavator shall damage the underground

public utility facilities as the result of an incorrect marking by the public

utility, the excavator shall not be responsible for the resulting damage.

History of Section.

(P.L. 1984, ch. 119, § 1; P.L. 1995, ch. 327, § 1; P.L. 1997, ch.

326, § 104; P.L. 2009, ch. 92, § 1; P.L. 2009, ch. 103, §