Register February 2013 No. 686
Chapter Trans 29
UTILITY FACILITIES ON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RAILROAD PROPERTY
Utility permit violations.
Permit at job site.
Notification of work activities.
Restoration of railroad lands and facilities.
Utility facility specifications.
Utility facility maintenance and repairs.
Attaching utility facilities to railroad bridges.
Electric power and communication circuits.
Indemnification and insurance.
Trans 29.01 Purpose.
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
, Stats. Chapter PSC 132
does not apply to department railroad property.
Trans 29.01 History
Cr. Register, December, 1985, No. 360
, eff. 1-1-86; am. Register, January, 1999, No. 517
, eff. 2-1-99.
Trans 29.02 Application.
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
Cr. Register, December, 1985, No. 360
, eff. 1-1-86.
“AREA" means the American railway engineering association, manual for railway engineering, chapter 1, part 5, revised in 1993.
Trans 29.03 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.
“Cable" means either a stranded conductor or a combination of conductors insulated from each other.
“Carrier" means a pipe, pipeline or other container carrying or otherwise conveying a liquid, gas or other material, not including electric current or impulses.
“Casing" means a protective outer covering, separate from the carrier, designed to withstand external forces equal to or greater than the carrier.
“Circuit" means a conductor or system of conductors through which electric current or light can flow or travel.
“Conduit" means channels or tubes for enclosing and protecting communication or electric power lines.
“Department" means the Wisconsin department of transportation or any successor to that department charged by law with administering Wisconsin's railroad programs.
“Department railroad property" means railroad property or rail or land bank property owned, controlled or possessed by the department.
“Duct" means a tube or pipe designed or used for enclosing and protecting wire or cable underground.
“Installation" means the initial placement of a utility facility upon, over, under or within department railroad property.
“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.
“Pipeline" means a utility facility installed to carry or convey a fluid, gas or other material underground and includes the casing and the carrier.
“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.
“Railroad facility" means track, ties, drainage structure, bridge or related items used for existing or for anticipated railroad operations.
“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.
“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.
“Railroad property" means land, usually a strip, used in the operation, maintenance or construction of a railroad.
“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.
“Separate utility installation" means a distinct utility activity or service.
The track structure, including, but not limited to, the rails, ties or fastenings; and
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:
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
In cuts, the outer boundary of the track zone is the intersection of the plane of the roadbed with the cut slope.
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.
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.
“Utility facility" means all physical components of a utility located upon, over, under or within the department railroad property.
“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
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
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.
A permit is required for every separate utility installation or modification. A utility may include several utility facilities in the same application if the utility owns each facility and the installation or modification occurs at the same time.
Approves, subject to the permit conditions, a specified use and occupancy of department railroad property; but
Does not warrant that title to the department railroad property is free and clear of all encumbrances, that it has sole ownership or that it will defend the utility in its peaceful use and occupancy of the department railroad property.
A permit from the department does not relieve a utility from the responsibility to comply with all applicable federal and state laws and local ordinances affecting the design, materials or performance of the permitted activity and does not supersede any other governmental requirements for plan approval or for authority to undertake the permitted activity.
The department may terminate a permit at any time for any lawful reason. A utility shall not obtain any interest or estate of any kind or extent whatsoever in the department railroad property by reason of a permit or by reason of the occupancy or use permitted. The permit is personal to the utility and shall not pass to its successors or assigns. Upon request, however, to ease the burdens accompanying utility ownership changes, the department may allow a successor utility to obtain permits identical to those held by its predecessor; this may be done by filing a request to obtain permits identical to those held by the predecessor utility and shall not require the permittee to file a permit application under this chapter for each separate permit sought.
The department shall require a utility highway permit for a utility facility proposed within that portion of department railroad property that lies within a state trunk highway right-of-way. A utility facility authorized within department railroad property by a highway permit shall be constructed in accordance with this chapter.