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Utilities in Texas DOT Right of Ways

The Texas Department of Transportation (department) proposes the repeal of §§21.31 – 21.51 and simultaneously proposes new §§21.31 – 21.41, concerning utility accommodation. Existing §§21.31 – 21.51 provide the current regulations for the accommodation of utilities on highway right of way. The Texas Transportation Commission (commission) is repealing §§21.31 – 21.51 and proposing new §§21.31 – 21.41 in a revised form to: reorganize the rules for clarity; allow the use of updated utility construction methods and materials; and improve the state’s management of its right of way by requiring a better quality of plans and record drawings for utility installations. Improved utility location information will allow the earlier identification and resolution of utility conflicts with transportation projects prior to the highway construction letting.