Register February 2013 No. 686
Chapter Trans 29
Trans 29.01   Purpose.
Trans 29.02   Application.
Trans 29.03   Definitions.
Trans 29.04   Permits.
Trans 29.05   Utility permit violations.
Trans 29.06   Permit at job site.
Trans 29.07   Fees.
Trans 29.08   Notification of work activities.
Trans 29.09   Restoration of railroad lands and facilities.
Trans 29.10   Utility facility specifications.
Trans 29.11   Utility facility maintenance and repairs.
Trans 29.12   Pipelines.
Trans 29.13   Attaching utility facilities to railroad bridges.
Trans 29.14   Electric power and communication circuits.
Trans 29.15   Indemnification and insurance.
Trans 29.01 Trans 29.01Purpose. This chapter prescribes policies and procedures for installing and maintaining utility facilities on department railroad property. Under this chapter, utility facility installation, modification and maintenance may be permitted if it does not adversely affect existing or anticipated railroad operations, otherwise impair department railroad property or conflict with any federal, state, or local laws. This chapter applies to all public and private utilities including: municipal and cooperative utilities, cable television companies and individuals desiring to install or maintain a utility facility on department railroad property. This chapter interprets ss. 85.08, 85.09 and 85.15, Stats. Chapter PSC 132 does not apply to department railroad property.
Trans 29.01 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1985, No. 360, eff. 1-1-86; am. Register, January, 1999, No. 517, eff. 2-1-99.
Trans 29.02 Trans 29.02Application. This chapter shall apply to all existing utility facilities retained, relocated, replaced or altered on department railroad property and to all new utility facilities installed on department railroad property. It describes the minimum requirements that any utility shall meet before installing or maintaining a utility facility on department railroad property.
Trans 29.02 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1985, No. 360, eff. 1-1-86.
Trans 29.03 Trans 29.03Definitions. In this chapter:
Trans 29.03(1) (1) “AREA" means the American railway engineering association, manual for railway engineering, chapter 1, part 5, revised in 1993.
Trans 29.03 Note Note: The Manual for Railway Engineering, Chapter 1, Part 5, is on file at the offices of the Legislative Reference Bureau, the Secretary of State, and the Department of Transportation, Bureau of Railroads and Harbors. Copies of this publication can be obtained by writing to the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance Association, 50 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001.
Trans 29.03(2) (2) “Cable" means either a stranded conductor or a combination of conductors insulated from each other.
Trans 29.03(3) (3) “Carrier" means a pipe, pipeline or other container carrying or otherwise conveying a liquid, gas or other material, not including electric current or impulses.
Trans 29.03(4) (4) “Casing" means a protective outer covering, separate from the carrier, designed to withstand external forces equal to or greater than the carrier.
Trans 29.03(5) (5) “Circuit" means a conductor or system of conductors through which electric current or light can flow or travel.
Trans 29.03(6) (6) “Conduit" means channels or tubes for enclosing and protecting communication or electric power lines.
Trans 29.03(7) (7) “Department" means the Wisconsin department of transportation or any successor to that department charged by law with administering Wisconsin's railroad programs.
Trans 29.03(8) (8) “Department railroad property" means railroad property or rail or land bank property owned, controlled or possessed by the department.
Trans 29.03(9) (9) “Duct" means a tube or pipe designed or used for enclosing and protecting wire or cable underground.
Trans 29.03(10) (10) “Installation" means the initial placement of a utility facility upon, over, under or within department railroad property.
Trans 29.03(11) (11) “Modification" includes changing or adjusting the physical location or capacity of an existing utility facility located on department railroad property by such actions as placing additional overhead wires; replacing existing overhead wires with higher voltage wires; changing the existing placement of poles, pedestals or other above-ground appurtenances; or replacing underground carrier pipes or casings.
Trans 29.03(12) (12) “Pipeline" means a utility facility installed to carry or convey a fluid, gas or other material underground and includes the casing and the carrier.
Trans 29.03(13) (13) “Plowing" means a mechanical technique for direct burial of a carrier, duct or cable in a furrow or groove cut into the ground by a single operation, without any intervening activity between the cutting of the furrow or groove and the burial of the carrier, duct or cable.
Trans 29.03(14) (14) “Railroad facility" means track, ties, drainage structure, bridge or related items used for existing or for anticipated railroad operations.
Trans 29.03(15) (15) “Rail or land bank property" means railroad property or facilities owned, controlled or possessed by the department for future rail or other transportation purposes and on which there is no current railroad operator.
Trans 29.03(16) (16) “Railroad operator" means a railroad carrier that provides rail service over a department railroad property or that is under an agreement with a transit commission to provide rail service over the department's railroad property.
Trans 29.03(17) (17) “Railroad property" means land, usually a strip, used in the operation, maintenance or construction of a railroad.
Trans 29.03(18) (18) “Routine maintenance" includes work concerning the normal upkeep and servicing of a utility facility and includes those utility facility changes not defined as an installation or modification.
Trans 29.03(19) (19) “Separate utility installation" means a distinct utility activity or service.
Trans 29.03(20) (20) “Track zone" means:
Trans 29.03(20)(a) (a) The track structure, including, but not limited to, the rails, ties or fastenings; and
Trans 29.03(20)(b) (b) The substructure upon which the track is located, including, but not limited to, the ballast, subballast or embankment, extending out from the track centerline a minimum of 12 feet on either side. In the following circumstances, however, the track zone extends beyond the 12 foot minimum on either side of the track centerline:
Trans 29.03(20)(b)1. 1. In embankments, the outer boundary of the track zone is the toe of the embankment slope, which is the intersection of an embankment slope with the ground surface; and
Trans 29.03(20)(b)2. 2. In cuts, the outer boundary of the track zone is the intersection of the plane of the roadbed with the cut slope.
Trans 29.03(21) (21) “Transit commission" means a local government commission formed under s. 59.58 (3), 66.0301, or 66.1021, Stats., for the purpose of preserving rail service.
Trans 29.03(22) (22) “Utility" means:
Trans 29.03(22)(a) (a) Any corporation, company, individual or association, including their lessees, trustees or receivers, or any sanitary district, cooperative association, town, village or city that owns, operates, manages or controls any plant or fixed equipment within this state for the conveyance of messages or for the production, transmission, delivery or furnishing of power, electricity, light, heat, gas, oil, crude products, water, steam, waste or storm water.
Trans 29.03(22)(b) (b) The owners, operators, managers, or controllers of cable television systems, publicly owned fire or police signal systems, traffic and street lighting facilities, or private utilities.
Trans 29.03(23) (23) “Utility facility" means all physical components of a utility located upon, over, under or within the department railroad property.
Trans 29.03(24) (24) “Utility permit" or “permit" means the document by which the department grants a utility permission to use or occupy department railroad property.
Trans 29.03 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1985, No. 360, eff. 1-1-86; r. and recr. (1), am. (4), (8), (18) and (19), Register, January, 1999, No. 517, eff. 2-1-99; corrections in (21) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register March 2012 No. 675.
Trans 29.04 Trans 29.04Permits.
Trans 29.04(1) (1)Permit required.
Trans 29.04(1)(a)(a) A utility shall obtain a permit from the department before installing or modifying a utility facility on any department railroad property. It is the responsibility of the utility to apply for and obtain the required permit.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.