House Bill #5465 (2019)

AN ACT RELATING TO HIGHWAYS - CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF STATE ROADS

Requires DOT to establish rules and regulations for the use of steel plates on roadway surfaces, and for towns and cities to adopt the same for use on municipal highways.

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  • 2019 – H 5465
  • 2019 – H 5465 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • LC001201
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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
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  • A N A C T
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HIGHWAYS - CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF STATE
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  • Introduced By: Representatives Jacquard, Bennett, Solomon, and Chippendale
  • Date Introduced: February 14, 2019
  • Referred To: House Corporations
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 24-5-1.1 of the General Laws in Chapter 24-5 entitled "Maintenance of Town Highways" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 24-5-1.1. Alteration of roadways.
  • (a) Any person, firm, or corporation including utilities and contractors who alter a roadway that is subject to the provisions of this chapter shall restore that portion of the roadway which was altered to the same or better condition that existed prior to alteration.
  • (b) Municipalities shall adopt by ordinance standards for use of steel plates on municipal roadways which shall, at a minimum, require compliance with the provisions specified in § 24-8- 45.
  • SECTION 2. Chapter 24-8 of the General Laws entitled "Construction and Maintenance of State Roads"is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 24-8-45. Steel plate use.
  • (a) The director of the department of transportation shall establish rules and regulations for the use of steel plates on roadway surfaces used to protect an excavation. At a minimum the rules and regulations shall require steel plates designed for the safety of vehicles and pedestrians to include:
  • (1) Steelplates shall withstand traffic loading without movement;
  • (2) When two (2) or more steel plates are used, the plates shallbe welded in a manner to eliminate vertical movement;
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 24-5-1.1 of the General Laws in Chapter 24-5 entitled "Maintenance of Town Highways" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 24-5-1.1. Alteration of roadways.
  • (a) Any person, firm, or corporation including utilities and contractors who alter a roadway that is subject to the provisions of this chapter shall restore that portion of the roadway which was altered to the same or better condition that existed prior to alteration.
  • (b) Municipalities shall adopt by ordinance standards for use of steel or other suitably manufactured plates on municipal roadways which shall, at a minimum, require compliance with the provisions specified in § 24-8-45.
  • SECTION 2. Chapter 24-8 of the General Laws entitled "Construction and Maintenance of State Roads" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 24-8-45. Steel plate use.
  • (a) The director of the department of transportation shall establish rules and regulations for the use of steel plates on roadway surfaces used to protect an excavation. At a minimum the rules and regulations shall consider steel plates designed for the safety of vehicles and pedestrians to include:
  • (1) Steel plates shall withstand traffic loading without movement;
  • (2) When two (2) or more steel plates are used, the plates shall be welded in a manner to eliminate vertical movement;
  • (3) All steel plates shall be marked with the utility or contractor name and contact information;
  • (4) Steel plates shall be installed to extend a minimum of twelve inches (12") beyond the edge of the excavation;
  • (5) Temporary paving with a cold asphalt mix shall be used to feather the edges of the plate to form a wedged taper to cover the edges of the steelplate;
  • (6) Each corner of the steelplate shallbe marked with durable and highly reflective white pavement marking tape no less than four inches (4") in width;
  • (7) The exposed surface area of the steel plate shallhave friction coefficient equalto the street surface friction coefficient; and
  • (8) All signage advising motorist of the steel plate shall be in compliance with the current addition of the manualon uniform traffic control devices.
  • (4) Steel plates shall be installed to extend a minimum of eighteen inches (18") beyond the edge of the excavation;
  • (5) Temporary paving with a cold asphalt mix or installation of other suitably manufactured equipment shall be used to feather the edges of the plate to form a wedged taper to cover the edges of the steel plate;
  • (6) Each corner of the steel plate shall be marked with durable and highly reflective white pavement marking tape no less than four inches (4") in width;
  • (7) The exposed surface area of the steel plate shall be slip resistant when required by the DPW director or other appropriate municipal approval authority; and
  • (8) All signage advising motorist of the steel plate shall be in compliance with the current addition of the manual on uniform traffic control devices.
  • (b) The director of the department of transportation may authorize use of steel plates on roadway surfaces which fail to comply with subsection (a) of this section in an emergency situation or for public safety purposes.
  • SECTION 3. This act shalltake effect upon passage.
  • SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HIGHWAYS - CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF STATE
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HIGHWAYS - CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF STATE
  • ROADS
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  • This act would require that the director of transportation establish rules, regulations, and minimum requirements for the use of steelplates on roadway surfaces. The act would also require that municipalities adopt by ordinance the state standards for steel plate use on municipal roadways.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001201 ========
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  • This act would require that the director of transportation establish rules and regulations for the use of steel plates on roadway surfaces. The act would also require that municipalities adopt by ordinance the state standards for steel plate use on municipal roadways.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001201/SUB A/3 ========

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