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Placement of Utilities on a County Right-of-Way

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  1. Anyone proposing to perform work on County right-of-way should first apply for a permit and post an appropriate bond at the County Engineering Department, Room 294, 100 S. Lawrence Street, before beginning any utility installation work.

  2. Complete drawings showing location of proposed utility installation along with a letter of request to locate subject utility on County right-of-way should be submitted to our department for review and approval before any utility installation work begins.

  3. All utilities are to be placed parallel with the roadway within the outermost five feet of the right-of-way. There may be certain situations where adverse conditions such as steep backslopes, swamp areas, or deep ditches would not allow installation of utilities at this location. Deviations from this standard installation requirement must be approved by our department before any utility installation work begins.

  4. All underground fiber optic, power, sewer and gas utilities within County right-of-way shall be buried a minimum of 42 inches of cover. All other underground utilities within County right-of-way shall be buried with a minimum of 36 inches of cover.

  5. Any utility 2 inches or larger must be encased under pavement and extend beyond the front slopes of the roadway. Open cutting of County roads is not allowed, only boring under County roads is permitted.

  6. Montgomery County is not responsible for any damages that may occur to a utility as a result of our routine right-of-way and roadway maintenance activities. If you have any questions or need additional information pertaining to this subject, please call Chad DeFoor at (334) 832-1312. Your cooperation regarding this matter will be greatly appreciated.