SUBCHAPTER 02B ‑ HIGHWAY PLANNING

 

SECTION .0100 ‑ RIGHT OF WAY

 

19A NCAC 02B .0101      GENERAL

19A NCAC 02B .0102      DELEGATION TO MANAGER AND ASSISTANT MANAGER

19A NCAC 02B .0103      DELEGATION BY MANAGER OF RIGHT OF WAY BRANCH

19A NCAC 02B .0104      GENERAL PROCEDURE UNDER RIGHT OF WAY ACQUISITION

19A NCAC 02B .0105      PURPOSE OF THE APPRAISAL

19A NCAC 02B .0106      CONTACT WITH PROPERTY OWNERS

19A NCAC 02B .0107      APPRAISAL CONTRACTS

19A NCAC 02B .0108      NUMBER OF APPRAISALS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 133‑5; 133‑17; 136‑18(2); 136‑18(10); 136-18(16);136-18(23); 136‑19; 136-19.1 to 136-19.3; 136‑44.11; 136‑89.52; 136‑103; 136‑131 to 132; 136‑148; 143B‑350B(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. November 1, 1991; October 1, 1991; June 1, 1985;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0109      ACQUISITION OTHER THAN UNIMPROVED STATE SECONDARY ROADS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. November 1, 1991.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0110      PROPERTY OWNER'S APPRAISALS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0111      NEGOTIATION BY CORRESPONDENCE

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. November 1, 1991.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0112      NEGOTIATION WITH OWNER (HIS AGENT OR ATTORNEY)

19A NCAC 02B .0113      NEGOTIATION FOR PROPERTY UNDER LEASE

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0114      NEGOTIATION WITH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION EMPLOYEES

When acquiring right of way from Department of Transportation employees performing highway functions:

(1)           The appraisal of any property having damages in excess of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), owned by an employee of the Department of Transportation, shall be made by an independent fee appraiser, rather than a staff appraiser;

(2)           The Right of Way Review Board shall pass on the approval of the appraisal of any employee of the Right of Way Branch, or any other employee of the Department of Transportation performing highway functions at salary grade 73 or above;

(3)           Right of way acquisitions may be negotiated at the approved appraisal with employees below salary grade 73;

(4)           Right of way acquired from any employee of the Department of Transportation performing highway functions at salary grade 73 or above shall not be acquired by negotiation but by the filing of a complaint and declaration of taking.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993; November 1, 1991;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0115      NEGOTIATION WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS

19A NCAC 02B .0116      NEGOTIATION WITH FEDERAL AGENCIES

19A NCAC 02B .0117      PROPERTY LEASED TO FEDERAL AGENCIES

19A NCAC 02B .0118      NEGOTIATION WITH THE U. S. FOREST SERVICE

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑24; 143B‑350(f),(g); 146‑25.1; 146‑32(2);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0119      NEGOTIATION WITH MUNICIPALITIES AND MUNICIPAL AGREEMENTS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 136‑66.3; 143B‑24; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Transferred and Recodified to 19A NCAC 2B .0315 Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0120      AGREEMENTS FOR ENTRY

19A NCAC 02B .0121      RIGHT OF WAY DONATIONS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. November 1, 1991;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0122      DISPOSITION OF IMPROVEMENTS PURCHASED BY THE BOARD

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. November 1, 1991.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0123      SECONDARY ROAD RIGHT OF WAY

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑18(26); 136‑29; 136‑44.7;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. November 1, 1991;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0124      PERSONAL PROPERTY NOT TO BE ACQUIRED

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Transferred and Recodified to 19A NCAC 2B .0316 Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0125      STOCK OR VEHICULAR UNDERPASSES

19A NCAC 02B .0126      PAYMENT TO PARTIES OTHER THAN THE OWNER OF RECORD TITLE

19A NCAC 02B .0127      INSTRUMENTS OF CONVEYANCE USED FOR HIGHWAY BEAUTIFICATION

19A NCAC 02B .0128      PREPARATION OF INSTRUMENTS OF CONVEYANCE

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0129      NO OBLIGATION OTHER THAN IN AGREEMENT WILL BE RECOGNIZED

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993; November 1, 1991;

Expired Eff. October 1, 2016 pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0130      CONSTRUCTION OUTSIDE THE RIGHT OF WAY

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 136‑103; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0131      CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO CONDEMNATION

Condemnation will not be instituted until the property owner has been made an offer of settlement and has been allowed a period of two weeks in which to consider the offer.  The waiting period may be waived in those instances where, after the offer is made, the property owner emphatically states that he has no intention of settling and would prefer that the compensation be determined by the courts.  In unusual instances where questions of title or ownership make it impossible to conduct or conclude negotiations, condemnation may be instituted without making an offer.  However, such person, if any, who may be in charge of the property or who may claim "color of title" shall be advised of the action contemplated by the Department of Transportation.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 136‑103; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0132      NOTICE TO OWNER OF INTENT TO CONDEMN

The Right of Way agent shall mail to the property owner a letter advising him of Department of Transportation intent to proceed with condemnation. The letter shall specify the amount of the offer and give the property owner a time limit in which to accept the offer.  The date specified in this letter shall not be later than the last working day before the filing date. If there is a lease involved, the letter will be sent to both the lessor and lessee.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 136‑103; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993; July 2, 1979;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0133      NOTICE TO DISPLACEES TO VACATE

Written notice of when to vacate will be given to all parties owning personal property located within the taking.  This notification will be given to owners, and tenants when persons are lawfully occupying real property as a home, farm, business, barn, or outbuilding.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 136‑103; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993; July 2, 1979;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0134      SETTLEMENT OF CLAIMS AFTER INSTITUTION OF SUIT AND DEPOSIT

19A NCAC 02B .0135      OCCUPANCY OF IMPROVEMENT AFTER ACQUISITION

19A NCAC 02B .0136      IMPROVEMENTS NOT TO BE MOVED

19A NCAC 02B .0137      RODENT CONTROL PROCEDURES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 136‑103; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. November 1, 1991;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0138      DISPOSITION OF IMPROVEMENTS

All improvements that are acquired in connection with the right of way are to be disposed of by one of the following methods:

(1)           resold to the property owner for the retention value placed upon the improvement by the appraisal,

(2)           sold by public sale or by a negotiated sale if no bids are received after public advertisement,

(3)           demolished by the roadway contractor or by demolition contract,

(4)           retained by the Department for other public use,

(5)           sold to a displacee for replacement housing.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993; November 1, 1991;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0139      PUBLIC SALE OF IMPROVEMENTS

(a)  Improvements acquired by the Department of Transportation that are not resold to the property owner may be disposed of by a public sale.  Sales shall be by means of sealed bids or auction sale.

(b)  If no bids are received for the sale of improvements after public advertisement, the improvements will be sold by negotiation with individuals interested in purchasing them.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993; November 1, 1991;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0140      PUBLIC SALE OF IMPROVEMENTS WITH LAND RESIDUE

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0141      DISPOSITION OF IMPROVEMENTS BY MOVING CONTRACT

The Department of Transportation will not enter into agreements with property owners to move buildings from the right of way except where a contractual obligation exists under a previous agreement with the property owner or where on secondary road improvement projects, a property owner has donated the right of way and it has been agreed the buildings within the right of way will be moved by the Department of Transportation.  Where a contractual obligation exists under a former agreement to move a building, the property owner may sell the building to the Department of Transportation rather than have it moved.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0142      REMOVAL OF GRAVES OR CEMETERIES

(a)  If it is necessary to remove a cemetery or graves from the limits of highway right of way, the preferred procedure to follow is by consent of the next of kin.  Since all work pertaining to the removal of graves shall be under supervision and direction of the county board of commissioners or other appropriate official, including the local health director, the Relocation Agent shall ascertain the proper party to contact in each county in which graves will be disinterred or reinterred.  A letter from the Relocation Agent to the board of county commissioners shall be written indicating that the Department of Transportation is certifying the necessity for moving the graves or cemetery from the right of way of the proposed project.

(b)  The remains may be removed to a burial plot in the same cemetery, and this practice shall be encouraged wherever possible.  If requested by the next of kin, however, the remains may be removed to another cemetery or location in the community.  In the event the remains are being removed and relocated in a cemetery that will not permit above ground markers or headstones, a provision shall be placed in the form regarding the disposition of the markers that are located in the cemetery and the existing markers shall be buried with the remains at the new grave site.  The agent must arrange for and secure the substitute burial plot with the Department of Transportation paying all expenses of disinterment, removal, and reinterment, including the actual reasonable expense that the next of kin incurred in attending the disinterment and reinterment.  The expenses of the next of kin may not exceed the sum of two hundred dollars ($200).  Deeds to substitute burial plots shall be drawn in favor of the next of kin.  If no next of kin can be located, the plot shall be deeded to the county, if agreeable, and to the Department of Transportation as the last resort.

(c)  In the event that no next of kin can be located or the next of kin will not grant permission for the removal of the remains, the Department of Transportation shall apply the procedures in G.S. 65‑13.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 65‑13; 136‑18(2); 136‑18(20); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0143      THE SALE OF SURPLUS LANDS

(a)  Remainder properties acquired in connection with acquisition of right of way shall be disposed of as follows:

(1)           The sale of all residues will be by public sale except as hereinafter specified.

(2)           Residue properties sold by public sale are to be sold by either sealed bid, or by auction at the election of the Right of Way Branch.  The sale of such properties must be advertised by publication in a newspaper having general circulation in the county in which the property is situated.  After opening bids or closing of auction, no upset bids will be considered.  The high bid shall be presented to the Board of Transportation at its next regular meeting after the date of the sale for rejection or acceptance. The Department of Transportation may reject all bids if the Department does not consider the bids to be in accord with the appraised value as determined by the Department.

(3)           Those residue properties located adjacent to controlled access projects that are landlocked may be sold to the adjoining property owner by negotiation rather than public sale for a consideration not less than the appraised value of the residue.

(4)           Residue properties may be sold to state agencies and institutions and other governmental units by negotiation rather than public sale for a consideration not less than the appraised value of the residue.

(5)           Surplus property acquired in connection with highway purposes may be used for the purpose of exchange with a public utility company in part or in full consideration for property to be acquired for highway purposes from the public utility company.  Such exchanges shall be based on the appraised values of the surplus property and the property to be acquired for highway purposes.  Residue property acquired in connection with right of way for a project may be used for the purpose of exchange in part or full consideration for right of way being acquired from another property owner on the project.  Such exchanges shall be based on the appraised values of the residue property and the right of way to be acquired.

(6)           Residues which have an area of one‑half acre or less and a value of one thousand dollars ($1,000) or less and the highest and best use is for assemblage with adjacent property may be sold without advertising by negotiations to an adjoining owner.  The Property Management Unit together with an Area Appraiser will determine the value of the residue based on its after value as indicated in the original appraisal, sales of similar properties and sales of other residues, if any, in the area.  After a value has been established, the State Property Manager may negotiate with the adjoining owners concerning the disposal of each residue.  The decision of the State Property Manager to accept and complete a sale is final.

(7)           The Manager of Right of Way shall dispose of residues with appraised values of less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) by executing and delivering on behalf of the Department of Transportation, a quit claim deed to the buyers of such residues, after the transactions are first approved by the Board of Transportation.  Conveyances of residues with appraised values of less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) shall not require the approval of the Governor and Council of State.

(8)           Residue properties or portions of residue properties acquired in connection with right of way for a project and located outside the right of way for that project may be sold by negotiation rather than by public sale to property owners and tenants who are displaced by the project for relocation of the displacee.  Such sales shall be based upon the appraised value of the residue properties.

(b)  All sales of surplus lands, including but not limited to surplus rights of way, residues, and uneconomic remants, require the approval of the Board of Transportation, the Council of State, and the Governor.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. November 1, 1993; October 1, 1991; February 1, 1988; November 1, 1982.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0144      SALES OF SURPLUS LANDS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1991;

Expired Eff. October 1, 2016 pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0145      COPIES OF FORMS

The following list contains forms which are used in the application of this Section to obtain information or forms that the individual must fill out to complete necessary action.  Copies of these forms may be obtained from the Manager of Right of Way, Division of Highways at no cost.

(1)           Proposal and Contract for Rodent Control.  This form is a contract that is to be completed by the contractor if someone wishes to bid on a rodent control contract.  It will contain the parcel number on the project, the address of the property, and the contractor will fill in the amount of money in order for him to complete the contract.  The form is to be signed by the contractor.

(2)           Management Agreement.  This form is used by the Division of Highways to set up a contract with a management firm or individual for the renting of properties owned by the Department of Transportation.  This form will contain the individual parcels, the agent involved, the amount of commission to be charged, and other items pertaining to the management of the property.

(3)           Rental Agreement.  This form is an agreement that is between the individual renter and the Department of Transportation for the rental of property or buildings owned by the Department of Transportation.  This form will contain the former owner's name, where the property is located, the amount of the rent, and other information pertaining to the rental of the property.

(4)           Bid Form for Sale and Removal of Buildings and Other Improvements From the Right of Way.  This form is used by the Department of Transportation where buildings are purchased or retained by a property owner in the clearing of buildings from the right of way.  This form will contain the description of the improvement to be sold, who it was formerly owned by, and the individual bidding or buying the property must sign it.

(5)           Proposal and Contract Forms.  These proposal and contract forms are used for work to be performed by others such as demolition, or housemoving.

(6)           Contract Bond.  There are two separate forms used by the Department of Transportation for individuals to complete in supplying a performance and payment bond for any work that requires a contract bond.  These forms will be completed by the individual and companies supplying the contract bonds.

(7)           Proposal and Contract for Grave Removal.  This form is used to outline the specific requirements in the removal of graves from a highway project.

(8)           Bid Form.  This form is to be used for the bidding on real property which the Department of Transportation might sell.  This could be used for residue properties or transfer of properties to another individual in the settlement of a claim.

(9)           Removal of Graves Certificate.  This form is used to allow the contractor who is removing graves on a highway project to complete the agreement for grave removal.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. November 1, 1991.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0146      RELOCATION ASSISTANCE MANUAL

 

History Note:        Legislative Objection Lodged Eff. August 19, 1980;

Legislative Objection Removed Eff. April 23, 1981;

Authority G.S. 133‑6; 133‑14; 150A‑63(c);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. April 11, 1980;

Repealed Eff. April 3, 1981.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0147      OBTAINING COPIES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑6; 150A‑62;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. April 3, 1981.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0148      UTILITY ENCROACHMENTS

 

History Note:        Legislative Objection Lodged Eff. August 19, 1980;

Legislative Objection Removed Eff. April 23, 1981;

Authority G.S. 136‑18(1); 136‑93; 150A‑63(c);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. April 11, 1980;

Repealed Eff. April 3, 1981.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0149      OBTAINING COPIES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 150A‑62;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. April 3, 1981.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0150      CONSTRUCTION OF RAILROAD TRACKS ACROSS RIGHT OF WAY

It shall be unlawful to construct a railroad track across any portion of the State Highway System, without the written permission of the Chief Engineer or his authorized agent.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136-18(5); 136-18(11);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2012.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0151      RAILROAD GRADE CROSSING SIGNS AND SIGNALS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(11); 136‑20;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. November 1, 1991;

Repealed Eff. November 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0152      SIGNALIZATION OF EXISTING GRADE CROSSING

(a)  For purposes of this Rule the term "separated" means the travelways of two transportation facilities, such as two highways or a highway and a railroad, are physically separated by means of a bridge so that traffic on one will not conflict with traffic on the other.

(b)  For purposes of this Rule the term "separation structure" is the bridge structure which physically separates the travelways of the two transportation facilities.

(c)  For purposes of this Rule "grade point" is the point where the new construction of a facility ties into and terminates at the existing facility.

(d)  Where a grade crossing which was in existence prior to December 3, 1966, is separated, the railroad will be required to pay five percent of the cost of the separation structure and approaches from grade point to grade point.  Where a grade crossing is signalized, the railroad will not be charged with any of the costs of the signal installation.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(11); 136‑20;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. December 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0153      SIGNALIZATION OF NEW GRADE CROSSING

(a)  For purposes of this Rule, the term "crossing agreement" is a formal written agreement between the N.C. Department of Transportation and a railroad company.  The railroad company permits the Department of Transportation to build a road across the railroad company's tracks.  The agreement also lists responsibilities of each party with regard to the construction, maintenance, and funding of the new crossing.

(b)  Where the construction of a new road or the relocation of an existing road involves an additional or a new crossing and does not involve the elimination of an existing crossing, the railroad will not be required to bear any costs of signalization or separation, either at the time of the initial construction or within a 20 year period from the execution of the crossing agreement if the Department of Transportation determines during said 20‑year period that a signalization or a separation structure is required.  If a crossing in existence prior to December 3, 1966 is eliminated by the relocation of an existing road, the policy stated in Rule .0152 of this Section shall apply.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(11); 136‑20;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. December 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0154      COST OF RAILROAD SEPARATION STRUCTURES

Whenever any highway project provides for the construction of a separation structure over or under the railroad, the Department of Transportation will construct the separation structure to provide for an additional track upon the request of the railroad and the furnishing of the proper justification or enter into an agreement with the railroad to provide for the additional track if such tracks are constructed and placed in use within a 20‑year period from the signing of the agreement.  If the separation structure eliminated the crossing at grade, the railroad will be required to pay five percent of the total costs of the separation structure and approaches from grade point to grade point as constructed initially and five percent of the costs of the widening of the structure within the aforementioned 20‑year period.  If the separation structure is an additional or new crossing and no existing crossing is closed, the Board of Transportation will pay the entire cost of the structure including the provision for additional tracks on request by the railroad with proper justification, or will pay the entire cost of widening the structure within the aforementioned 20‑year period.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S.136‑18(5); 136‑18(11); 136‑20;

Eff. July 1, 1978.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0155      CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF RAILROAD CROSSINGS

Whenever any road, street or highway forming a part of the State Highway System shall cross or intersect any railroad, including an industrial siding, at the same level or grade, the railroad owner shall be responsible for the construction and maintenance of the crossing and the area between the ends of the ties and the edge of the pavement of the main traveled lanes plus a maximum of 10 feet of the usable shoulders.  The railroad owner shall assume the construction cost of the crossing for the pavement width and shall maintain the entire area herein described at its own expense.  The Department of Transportation shall reimburse the railroad owner for costs incurred in constructing the crossing through the shoulder widths.  The Department of Transportation shall also be responsible for the construction and maintenance of the road beyond the ends of the ties.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(11); 136‑20;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0156      PAVING OF ROADWAY SURFACE CROSSING RAILROAD TRACKS

When any road, street or highway forming a link in the State Highway System is being surfaced or resurfaced, the Department of Transportation will, if in such instances requested to do so by the railroad, pave the roadway surface across the crossing, but the railroad shall provide and place at its own expense, the necessary crossing timbers on rail guards and otherwise adjust its facilities to meet the level of the finished road surface.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(11); 136‑20;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0157      COST OF CHANGING ELEVATION OF RAILROAD FACILITIES

When the grade of any road, street or highway requires a change in the elevation of the railroad's tracks or facilities, except those changes required solely by surfacing or resurfacing, the Department of Transportation will pay for the necessary change in the railroad facilities which may be required to meet the grade of the finished road surface.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(11); 136‑20;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0158      CHANGING GRADE OF ROAD WHEN GRADE OF RR TRACKS IS CHANGED

When any railroad changes the grades of its tracks where said tracks cross or intersect any road, street or highway of the State Highway System, the railroad shall be responsible for adjusting, at its own expense, the grade of such road, street or highway as required to meet the change in grade of the railroad's tracks or facilities.  Any adjustment of the road, street or highway shall be made in a manner approved by an authorized representative of the Department of Transportation. A minimum of ten feet runoff is required for each inch of difference in elevation between track grade and road grade.  The Department of Transportation may by cooperative agreement perform the asphalt run‑off work on a 100 percent reimbursement basis.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(11); 136‑20;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993; November 1, 1991.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0159      NOTIFICATION TO RAILROADS

19A NCAC 02B .0160      WIDTH OF RIGHT OF WAY

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 136‑20(f);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0161      BICYCLE TRAILS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑71.9; 136‑71.10;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Transferred and Recodified to 19A NCAC 2E .0427 Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0162      DELEGATION TO DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143B‑350;

Eff. March 1, 1989;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Repealed Eff. December 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0163      IMPLEMENTATION OF ROADWAY CORRIDOR OFFICIAL MAPS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑33.53; 136‑44.50; 136‑44.51; 136‑44.52;

Eff. October 1, 1991;

Transferred and Recodified to 19A NCAC 2B .0317 Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0164      USE OF RIGHT OF WAY CONSULTANTS

(a)  Introduction and purpose.  The North Carolina Department of Transportation maintains a staff capable of performing the normal workload for most of the functions required for the acquisition of rights of way for our highway system. However, it is recognized that situations arise and certain specific needs exist which can best be met by the use of qualified consultants outside the Department.

This Rule is established for the preparation, execution and administration of contracts for right of way acquisition services by consultant firms that are over ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00).

Due to the diversity of contract types, some portions of this Rule may not be fully applicable to all situations. The Right of Way Branch Manager shall determine when waivers from portions of this Rule are justified. Guidelines for determining if a waiver is justified shall include:

(1)           A determination of whether an emergency situation exists that affects the health and safety of the traveling public; and

(2)           A determination of the availability of pre-qualified firms willing to perform specified work according to the Department's schedule.

(b)  The following are incorporated by reference including any subsequent amendments or editions:

(1)           General Statute 136-28.1(f) and General Statute 130A-444 thru General Statute 130A-451.

(2)           23 CFR 710-720, FHWA right of way regulations which contain some contracting requirements.

(3)           49 CFR 18.36, USDOT contracting regulations.

These documents are available for public inspection in the office of the Right of Way Branch.  Copies may be obtained from the Right of Way Consultant Coordinator at a cost of five dollars ($5.00) for each document.

(c)  Definitions.  The following definitions are for the purpose of clarifying and describing words and terms used in this Section:

(1)           Right of Way Consultant Coordinator - The individual who is assigned the responsibility of initiating, negotiating, and administering a contract for professional or specialized services.

(2)           Cost per Unit of Work - A method of compensation based on an agreed cost per unit of work including actual costs, overhead, payroll additives and operating margin.

(3)           Cost Plus Fixed Fee - A price based on the actual allowable cost, including overhead and payroll additives, incurred by the firm performing the work plus a pre-established fixed amount for operating margin.

(4)           Cost Proposal - A submittal specifying the amount of work anticipated and compensation requested for the performance of the specific work or services as defined by the Department.

(5)           Firm - Any private agency, firm, organization, business or individual offering qualified right of way acquisition services.

(6)           Lump Sum - A fixed price, including cost, overhead, payroll additives and operating margin for the performance of specific work or services.

(7)           Payroll Additive - Employer paid fringe benefits including employer's portion of F.I.C.A., comprehensive health insurance, group life insurance, unemployment contributions to the State, vacation, sick leave, holidays, workers' compensation and other such benefits.

(8)           Proposal - An offer by a firm to perform specific work or services for the Department at specified rates of compensation.

(9)           Scope of Work - All services, actions and physical work required by the Department to achieve the purpose and objectives defined in the contract. Such services may include the furnishing of all required labor, equipment, supplies and materials except as specifically stated.

(10)         Contract Amendment - A written supplement to the contract which modifies the terms of an existing contract.

(11)         Termination Clause - A contract provision which allows the Department to terminate, at its discretion, the performance of work, in whole or in part, and to make final payment in accordance with the terms of the contract.

(12)         Right of Way Consultant Selection Committee - The Committee shall consist of the Branch Manager, Assistant Way Branch Manager, Unit Heads, and the Right of Way Consultant Coordinator or their designated representatives and shall be chaired by the Branch Right of Way Manager. When Federal funds will be used as compensation for services to be solicited, a representative of the Federal Highway Administration shall sit with the Committee but shall not be a voting member.

(d)  Application.  This Rule shall apply to all contracts for right of way acquisition services which cost more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) and are obtained by the Department of Transportation pursuant to G.S. 136-28(f).

(e)  Pre-qualification of firms.  The Department shall advertise for firms interested in performing right of way acquisition services for the North Carolina Department of Transportation when necessitated by its projected workload. The advertisement shall be published in the North Carolina Purchase Directory, a bi-monthly publication of the N.C. Department of Administration.  The advertisement shall indicate that interested firms must respond by letter to the Department indicating their interest within two weeks of the date of the advertisement.  The response shall include the Federal Government's Government Accounting Office Forms 254 and 255, and copies of the firms latest brochures. Additional firms may be considered for pre-qualification at any time that the Department recognizes a need based on current projected workload for additional pre-qualified firms. Evaluation of the firms expressing interest shall be based on the following considerations:

(1)           Experience, education, reputation, and required certifications of staff in the fields of expertise required by the contract including negotiations, appraisals, and relocation assistance;

(2)           Number of staff available to perform the services required by the contract including negotiations, appraisals, and relocation assistance;

(3)           Financial ability to undertake the proposed work;

(4)           The firm's accounting system including ability to identify costs chargeable to the project;

(5)           Past performance by the firm on previous Right of Way acquisition contracts including meeting the time schedule for the work;

(6)           Equipment necessary to perform the required services.

A number of firms sufficient to perform the anticipated workload that meet the qualifications in Paragraphs (e)(1) through (e)(6) of this Rule shall be designated as pre-qualified to perform right of way acquisition services for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

(f)  Register of pre-qualified firms.  The Right of Way Consultant Coordinator shall maintain a "Register of Pre-Qualified Firms" from whom specific project proposals may be solicited to perform right of way acquisition services for the North Carolina Department of Transportation - Right of Way Branch.

(g)  Request for approval to solicit specific project proposals.  The Right of Way Consultant Selection Committee through the Manager of Right of Way shall determine when the need for right of way acquisition services exists.  Upon determining that a need exists, the Committee shall request approval from the Branch Way Manager to solicit proposals for the work.

The request shall be in writing and shall include the type of work and specific justification for the work being performed by a consultant firm such as:

(1)           non-availability of manpower,

(2)           lack of expertise, or

(3)           other reasons.

(h)  Solicitations of specific project proposals.  Specific Project Proposals shall be solicited from all Pre-Qualified Firms. Solicitations shall be by direct mailing of plans and Specific Project Proposal.

The Right of Way Consultant Coordinator, upon the approval of the Manager of Right of Way, shall prepare the requests for proposals.  The request shall contain plans and information describing the location of the project, types and scope of work required, and the time schedule for accomplishing the work.

The solicitation for a Specific Project Proposal shall require that all firms attend a Scoping Meeting on a specified date in order to qualify to submit a Specific Project Proposal for consideration.  Any firm that does not wish to submit a Specific Project Proposal on a particular project shall advise, in writing, the Manager of Right of Way of their decision not to submit a Specific Project Proposal for that project.

(i)  Selection of firm for specific project contract.  The Right of Way Consultant Selection Committee shall review all responses received to the request for proposals and shall select three firms from those indicating interest (except when there are fewer than three responses). When several projects are under consideration at the same time, a firm shall be selected for each project and two alternates may be selected from the entire group, at the discretion of the Selection Committee. These firms shall be listed in descending order of preference based on the Selection Committee's review and analysis of all responses. The Committee may elect to interview all or part of the firms responding to the request for proposal prior to establishing the order of preference. The Selection Committee's file shall be documented as to the reasons for the selection of a firm.

In the evaluation of the firms submitting Specific Project Proposals, the following factors shall be considered:

(1)           The monetary amount of the competitive proposal;

(2)           The firm personnel who are currently available to perform right of way acquisition services on the specific project and their qualifications; and

(3)           The ability of the firm to complete the work according to the Department's schedule.

Any firm selected to perform Right of Way Services for the North Carolina Department of Transportation shall be required to establish an office at the location of the project.  This office shall be the location for maintaining all project records open for review by appropriate Department personnel.

After the authorization to proceed to negotiations is given by the Branch Way Manager, the Right of Way Consultant Coordinator shall notify the firm chosen by the Selection Committee.

(j)  Negotiation of specific project contract. Prior to receiving a specific project proposal, the Right of Way Consultant Coordinator shall prepare an estimate of the cost of performing the work in-house.  This estimate shall be used in evaluating the acceptability of the selected firm's cost proposal.

If considered necessary by the Right of Way Consultant Coordinator a meeting with the selected firm may be scheduled to discuss the scope of the proposed work. The discussions will vary depending upon the firm's familiarity with the Department's methods, policies, standards, etc. For firms unfamiliar with the Department's requirements, the discussions shall include:

(1)           Policies used by the Department for the type and scope of work involved;

(2)           A copy of a contract in draft form;

(3)           Methods of payment;

(4)           Procedures for invoicing;

(5)           Standard forms to be used;

(6)           Fiscal requirements;

(7)           Items and services to be provided by the Department.

A representative of the firm shall keep minutes of the meeting, have them typed and submit a copy to the Right of Way Consultant Coordinator. The minutes shall be reviewed for completeness, accuracy and confirmation of mutual understanding of the scope of work.  The minutes shall be approved by the signature of the Right of Way Consultant Coordinator and an approved copy shall be returned to the firm.

The firm's competitive cost proposal shall be supported by a breakdown of the manhours required to perform each of the services contained in the contract and the fixed billable rate for each of the classifications of personnel to be utilized. The fixed fee must be specifically broken out on the firm's specific project cost proposal. The firm's cost proposal must also include a breakdown of all non-salary direct costs and any sub-contract or fee services.

Upon receipt of the selected firm's cost proposal, a review shall be made. The review shall include a comparison with the in-house estimate and is intended to determine both the reasonableness of the proposal and areas of substantial differences which may require further discussion and negotiation. When further negotiations are required, they shall be the responsibility of the Right of Way Consultant Coordinator.

The final negotiations shall satisfactorily conclude all remaining points of difference and shall consider any comments submitted by the External Audit Unit. The Right of Way Consultant Coordinator with the concurrence of the Manager of Right of Way shall approve the final fee.

If an acceptable contract cannot be negotiated, negotiations shall be terminated, the firm shall be notified in writing and the next listed firm shall be contacted to initiate negotiations for the work.

(k)  Board of Transportation approval and execution of contract. After final negotiations are completed, the firm shall execute a minimum of two contract originals and submit them to the Consultant Coordinator.

The Consultant Coordinator shall submit the contract to the Chief Engineer who may consult with the Advisory Budget Commission pursuant to G.S. 136-28.1(f). The Manager of Right of Way shall submit the proposed contract to the Board of Transportation for approval.  After the Board of Transportation approves the contract, the Manager of Right of Way shall execute and return the contract to the Right of Way Consultant Coordinator.

The Right of Way Consultant Coordinator shall transmit one original contract to the contracting firm and shall retain one in the project file. The Consultant Coordinator shall provide each of the following with a copy of the contract: the Manager of DOT Program and Policy Branch, DOT Fiscal Section, and Federal Highway Administration when federal-aid funds are involved.

(l)  Sub-contracting. A contracting firm may sublet portions of the work proposed in the contract only upon approval of the Right of Way Consultant Coordinator.

The responsibility for procuring a subcontractor and assuring the acceptable performance of the work lies with the prime contractor. Also, the prime contractor shall submit the proper supporting data to the Contract Administrator for all work that is proposed to be sublet.

(m)  Methods of compensation:

(1)           Lump Sum - This method of compensation is suitable for contracts where the amount and character of required work or services can be defined and understood by both the Department and the contracting firm.

(2)           Cost Plus Fixed Fee - This method of compensation is suitable for contracts where the general magnitude of work is known but the scope of work or period of performance cannot be defined and the Department needs more flexibility in expediting the work without excessive amendments to the contract.

(3)           Cost Per Unit of Work - This method of compensation is suitable for contracts where the magnitude of work is uncertain but the character of work is known and a cost of the work per unit can be determined accurately.

(4)           Cost Plus a Percentage of Cost - This method of compensation shall not be used.

(n)  Administration of contract. The administration of the contract shall be the responsibility of the Right of Way Consultant Coordinator.  This shall include the review of invoices and recommendation for payment to the Fiscal Section.

(o)  Contract Amendments. Each contract shall contain procedures for contract modifications and define what changes can only be made by means of a contract amendment.

Any change in the amount of compensation must be accomplished by contract amendment. For contracts which use federal funds as compensation for services, the contract amendment must be approved by the Federal Highway Administration.

(p)  Monitoring of work.  The responsibility for monitoring the work, the schedule and performing reviews at intermediate stages of the work shall rest with the Right of Way Consultant Coordinator.

(q)  Final payment.  When it is determined that the work is complete, the final invoice shall be approved by the Right of Way Consultant Coordinator and forwarded to the Fiscal Section with a recommendation for payment. When the contract is terminated by the Department, the final payment shall be for that portion of work performed.

(r)  Termination of contracts.  All contracts shall include a provision for the termination of the contract by the Department. Such termination by the Department shall be in writing and shall be effective upon receipt by the contracting firm.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136-28.1(f);

Eff. November 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2012; August 1, 1998; October 1, 1993; November 2, 1992;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0165      ASBESTOS CONTRACTS WITH PRIVATE FIRMS

(a)  The North Carolina Department of Transportation maintains a staff capable of performing the normal workload for most of the functions required for the acquisition of rights of way for our highway systems.  However, it is recognized that situations arise and certain specific needs exist which can best be met by the use of qualified consultants outside the Department.

These Rules are established for the preparation, execution and administration of contracts over ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) for asbestos inspections, asbestos removals, and structure clearings by consultant firms.

(b)  The following are incorporated by reference including any subsequent amendments or editions:

(1)           23 CFR 710 FHWA right of way regulations which contain some contracting requirements; and

(2)           49 CFR 18.36, USDOT contracting regulations.

These documents are available for public inspection in the office of the Right of Way Branch.  Copies may be obtained from the contract administrator at a cost of five dollars ($5.00) for each document.

(c)  Contracts on Specific Projects.

(1)           The Department may continue to let individual contracts on specific projects for inspections, abatements or structure clearings to a responsible bidder after publicly advertising for bids.

(2)           If the Manager of the Right of Way Branch determines that the project schedule does not allow time for public advertising the Department shall solicit at least three informal bids and may award a contract to the lowest responding qualified bidder.

(d)  Retainer Contracts. In order to provide a method of accomplishing the required asbestos inspections, asbestos abatements, and structure clearings when the Right of Way Branch Manager determines that the project schedule does not provide enough time for a specific project contract to be put in place by the procedure in Subparagraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this Rule, the Department may also contract with private firms as specified in Paragraphs (d) through (u) of this Rule.

(e)  Due to the diversity of contract types, some portions of these Rules may not be fully applicable to all situations. The Right of Way Branch Manager shall be responsible for determining when waivers from portions of these Rules are justified. Guidelines for determining if a waiver is justified shall include:

(1)           The amount of time the Department has to secure bids for a specific project under Subparagraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this Rule; and

(2)           The willingness of contractors retained under this Rule to perform work on a specific project. Any waiver from these Rules shall require approval of FHWA if Federal Funds are involved in the project.

(f)  DEFINITIONS.  The following definitions are for the purpose of clarifying and describing words and terms used herein:

(1)           Contract Administrator - The individual who is assigned the responsibility of initiating, negotiating, and administering the contracts for asbestos inspections, asbestos removals, and structure clearings.

(2)           Cost per Unit of Work - A method of compensation based on an agreed cost per unit of work including actual costs, overhead, payroll additives and operating margin.

(3)           Cost Plus Fixed Fee - A price on the actual allowable cost, including overhead and payroll additives, incurred by the firm performing the work plus a pre-established fixed amount for operating margin.

(4)           Cost Proposal - A submittal specifying the amount of work anticipated and compensation requested for the performance of the specific work or services as defined by the Department.

(5)           Firm - Any private agency, firm, organization, business or individual offering qualified asbestos inspections, asbestos removals, and structure clearings.

(6)           Lump Sum - A fixed price, including cost, overhead, payroll additives and operating margin for the performance of specific work or services.

(7)           Payroll Burden - Employer paid fringe benefits including employers portion of F.I.C.A., comprehensive health insurance, group life insurance, unemployment contributions to the State, vacation, sick leave, holidays, workers compensation and other such benefits.

(8)           Proposal - An offer by a firm to perform specific work or services for the Department at specified rates of compensation.

(9)           Scope of Work - All services, actions and physical work required by the Department to achieve the purpose and objectives defined in the contract.  Such services may include the furnishing of all required labor, equipment, supplies and materials except as specifically stated.

(10)         Contract Amendment - A written supplement to the contract which modifies the terms of an existing contract.

(11)         Termination Clause - A contract provision which allows the Department to terminate, at its discretion, the performance of work, in whole or in part, and to make final payment in accordance with the terms of the contract.

(g)  APPLICATION.  These Rules shall apply to all retainer contracts for asbestos inspections, asbestos removals, and structure clearings obtained by the Right of Way Branch of the Department of Transportation under the authority of G.S. 136-28.1(f) and in accordance with the provisions of G.S. 130A-444 through 130A-451.

(h)  SELECTION COMMITTEE.  The Committee shall consist of the Right of Way Branch Manager or his designated representative, the State Right of Way Agent or his designated representative, and at least one employee of the Department's Preconstruction Unit or Construction Unit professional staff designated by the Right of Way Branch Manager, and shall be chaired by the Right of Way Branch Manager or his representative.

(i)  SELECTION OF FIRMS.  On a yearly basis (or more often if needed), the Department shall advertise for firms interested in performing asbestos inspections, asbestos removals, and structure clearings for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  The advertisement shall be published in the North Carolina Purchase Directory. The response time will normally be two weeks after the advertising date.  The response shall include copies of the numbered certifications of employees certified by NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Asbestos Hazard Management Program to perform asbestos inspections, copies of the firm's latest brochures, and such similar information related to the firms qualifications.

Evaluation of the firms expressing interest will be based on the following considerations:

(1)           Experience, education, reputation, and required certifications of staff in the fields of expertise required by the contract including inspection, abatement, and structure clearings;

(2)           Number of staff available to perform the services required by the contract including inspection, abatement, and structure clearings;

(3)           Financial ability to undertake the proposed work;

(4)           The firm's accounting system including ability to identify costs chargeable to the project;

(5)           Past performance by the firm on previous right of way acquisition contracts including meeting the time schedule for the work; and

(6)           Equipment necessary to perform the required services.

The Selection Committee shall, on the basis of the criteria of Subparagraphs (1) - (6) of this Paragraph, select a sufficient number of firms for contract negotiations in order that those negotiations will produce a sufficient number of contracts to handle the anticipated work over the next year. The number of firms shall be determined prior to advertising.

(j)  REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS.  Each selected firm shall be requested by the contract administrator to submit a proposal which provides for:

(1)           Unit Cost for inspection and lab analysis, if any;

(A)          per unit of less than 800 SF (minimum of 4 samples - to include out buildings, signs, barns, etc.);

(B)          per unit of 800 SF to 2000 SF (maximum of 8 samples);

(C)          per unit of 2000 SF to 5000 SF (maximum of 10 samples); or

(D)          per unit of 5000 SF or more (subject to adjustment if approved by the Department); and

(2)           a per unit cost for Final Visual Inspection of abated improvements including air monitoring; and

(3)           a per unit abatement price - to a maximum of 200 SF or LF;

(A)          Non-Friable Asbestos;

(i)            per square foot of asbestos materials; or

(ii)           per linear foot of asbestos materials

(B)          Friable Asbestos;

(i)            per square foot of asbestos materials; or

(ii)           per linear foot of asbestos materials; and

(4)           a per unit cost for general clearings;

(A)          Residential (up to 1,500 SF);

(i)            per square foot - frame; or

(ii)           per square foot - masonry or other;

(B)          Commercial (up to 3,000 SF);

(i)            per square foot - frame; or

(ii)           per square foot - masonry or other.

The Proposal Request shall state that the Department intends to enter into a retainer contract for the term of one year and a maximum amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000) each with a sufficient number of firms on a statewide basis to perform asbestos inspections, asbestos removals, and structure clearings on an as needed basis.

(k)  NEGOTIATION OF CONTRACTS.  Upon receipt of the proposals from the selected firm negotiations shall be initiated with the selected firm to produce a retainer contract with a term of one year and maximum amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000).  Should negotiations fail to reach successful execution of a contract with any selected firm, the negotiations shall be terminated and shall be initiated with an. alternate firm.  The object of the negotiations shall be to establish an acceptable per unit cost for any asbestos investigations needed by the Department for the term of the contract and to establish an acceptable per square foot cost and per running foot cost for abatement of any asbestos discovered upon completion of the inspections and a unit cost for clearing of improvements. When agreement is reached on the unit costs, a retainer contract shall be executed with a sufficient number of selected firm to perform the anticipated work for the term of one year and shall provide for the scope of services enumerated in this Rule.

(l)  BOARD OF TRANSPORTATION APPROVAL AND EXECUTION OF CONTRACT.  After final negotiations are completed, the firm shall execute a minimum of two contract originals and submit them to the consultant coordinator. The Manager of Right of Way shall submit the proposed contract to the Board of Transportation for approval. After the Board of Transportation approves the contract, the Manager of Right of Way shall execute and return the contract to the Right of Way consultant coordinator.  The Right of Way contract administrator shall transmit one original contract to the contracting firm and shall retain one in the Central Office.  The Way contract administrator shall provide a copy of the contract to the DOT Fiscal Section.

(m)  REQUEST FOR SPECIFIC JOB ESTIMATES.  When the Department acquires structures that require inspection for asbestos, two firms who have executed the retainer contract will be contacted by the Right of Way Branch, given the location of the structure(s), and requested to submit a work assignment cost estimate.  The first  firm's estimate shall cover Inspections, both preliminary and final; and the second firm's estimate shall be for abatements, if any, and clearing, if required, of the structure.  The Estimate of Job Costs submitted by the contractor shall be reviewed by Right of Way staff personnel to insure:

(1)           that the per unit cost is in compliance with those specified in the retainer contract, and

(2)           the quantities specified in the Estimate of Job Costs are reasonable. If the estimate is found to be reasonable, the contract administrator shall authorize the work by the firm under the retainer contract by signing the Estimate document. If the estimate is unacceptable and agreement cannot be reached by negotiations with the firm, an estimate will be requested from another firm on retainer contract and evaluated in the same manner until agreement is reached and work can be authorized. In the event that an agreement cannot be reached through negotiations with any firm on retainer contract, then the Department shall terminate negotiations and advertise for specific project bids under the provisions of Subparagraph (b)(2) of this Rule.

(n)  SUB-CONTRACTING.  A contracting firm may sublet portions of the work proposed in the contract only upon approval of the contract administrator as set out in these rules. The responsibility for procuring a subcontractor and assuring the acceptable performance of the work lies with the prime contractor. Also, the prime contractor shall be responsible for submitting the proper supporting data to the contract administrator for all work that is proposed to be sublet.

(o)  METHODS OF COMPENSATION. Cost Per Unit of Work - This method of compensation is suitable for contracts where the magnitude of work is uncertain but the character of work is known and a cost of the work per unit can be determined accurately.

(p)  ADMINISTRATION OF CONTRACT.  The administration of the contract shall be the responsibility of the contract administrator. This shall include the review of invoices and recommendation for payment to the Fiscal Section.

(q)  CONTRACT AMENDMENTS.  Each contract shall contain procedures for contract modifications and define what changes can be made only by means of a contract amendment.  The Department may, with the concurrence of the Manager of Right of Way, delete any clearing item.

(r)  MONITORING OF WORK.  The responsibility for monitoring the work, the schedule and performing reviews at intermediate stages of the work shall rest with the staff personnel. An inspector may be assigned on each job by the Division Engineer who shall make periodic status reports to the Division Right of Way Office.  The firm shall be required to provide a written progress report accompanying each invoice describing the work performed for the project covered by the invoice.

(s)  FINAL PAYMENT.  When it is determined that the work is complete, the final invoice shall be approved by the Way contract administrator and forwarded to the Fiscal Section with a recommendation for payment. When the contract is terminated by the Department, the final payment shall be for that portion of work performed. Should the firm believe that additional compensation or time should be allowed for services not covered under the contract, the firm must notify the Department in writing within 60 days after receipt of final payment.  The Department shall render a decision on the claim which will be final, subject to review in accordance with Chapter 150B of the North Carolina General Statutes. Exhaustion of the administrative procedure described herein shall be a prerequisite to the firm's right of review.

(t)  TERMINATION OF CONTRACTS. All contracts shall include a provision for the termination of the contract by the Department. Such termination by the Department shall be in writing and shall be effective upon receipt by the contracting firm.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A-444; 136-28.1(f);

Eff. November 1, 1991;

Temporary Amendment Eff. May 4, 1992 for a Period of 180 Days to Expire on October 31, 1992;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2012; August 1, 2002; November 2, 1992;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

SECTION .0200 ‑ TRAFFIC ENGINEERING

 

19A NCAC 02B .0201      DELEGATION BY STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATOR

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30; 136‑44.1; 136‑54; 136‑89.53;

Eff. January 1, 1986;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993; October 1, 1991;

Repealed Eff. December 29, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0202      DEFINITIONS

The following terms shall have the ascribed meaning throughout this Section:

(1)           Traffic Control Device.  A traffic control device is any sign, signal, marking, channelization, islands or installation placed or erected under public authority, for the purpose of regulating, warning, or guiding traffic.

(2)           State Highway System.  Those streets and highways as described in the General Statutes of North Carolina, Chapter 136, Articles 3 and 3A.

(3)           Municipality.  An incorporated city or town.

(4)           State Municipal System Street or Highway.  Any street or highway on the State Highway System within a municipality.

(5)           Non‑State System Municipal Street or Highway (Municipal System). Those streets and highways accepted by the municipality which are not a part of the State Highway System.  The municipality shall be responsible for the maintenance, construction, and reconstruction of this system.

(6)           State Rural System Highway or Street.  Any highway or street on the State Highway System outside the limits of a municipality.

(7)           Board.  North Carolina Board of Transportation.

(8)           Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways, published by the U. S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and approved by the Board of Transportation.

(9)           Titles.  The titles Manager of Traffic Engineering and State Traffic Engineer used in this Section are synonymous.

(10)         North Carolina Supplement to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  Supplement to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices published by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and approved by the Board of Transportation.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18; 136‑20; 136‑45; 136‑66.1;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. November 1, 1991.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0203      RESPONSIBILITY FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 20‑158; 20‑158.1; 20‑169; 136‑18; 136‑30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. November 1, 1993; November 1, 1991;

Expired Eff. October 1, 2016 pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0204      TRAFFIC SIGNAL SPECIFICATIONS

 

History Note:        Legislative Objection Lodged Eff. August 19, 1980;

Legislative Objection Removed Eff. April 23, 1981;

Authority G.S. 136‑18(1); 136‑44.1; 136‑45; 150A‑63(c);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. April 11, 1980;

Repealed Eff. April 3, 1981.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0205      NORTH CAROLINA SIGN SUPPLEMENT

 

History Note:        Legislative Objection Lodged Eff. August 19, 1980;

Legislative Objection Removed Eff. April 23, 1981;

Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30; 150A‑62; 150A‑63(c);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. April 11, 1980;

Repealed Eff. April 3, 1981.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0206      NC CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS SUPPLEMENT

 

History Note:        Legislative Objection Lodged Eff. August 19, 1980;

Legislative Objection Removed Eff. April 23, 1981;

Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30; 150A‑62; 150A‑63(c);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. April 11, 1980;

Repealed Eff. April 3, 1981.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0207      NORTH CAROLINA SIGNAL SUPPLEMENT

 

History Note:        Legislative Objection Lodged Eff. August 19, 1980;

Legislative Objection Removed April 23, 1981;

Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30; 150A‑62; 150A‑63(c);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. April 11, 1980;

Repealed Eff. April 3, 1981.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0208      UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES

(a)  The United States Department of Transportation publishes a volume entitled "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices".  This publication has been adopted by the Federal Highway Administrator as a national standard that is applicable to all classes of highways.  This volume contains standards for the design and deployment of traffic control devices.  The 1988 edition including any subsequent revisions or editions of the same is hereby adopted and incorporated by reference.

(b)  Copies are available for inspection in the office of the State Traffic Engineer, Traffic Engineering Branch, Raleigh, N. C.  Copies of the manual may be obtained from Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, for an established fee of twenty eight dollars ($28.00).

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 20‑158; 20‑169; 136‑18(5); 136‑30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993; October 1, 1991; January 1, 1986; April 3, 1981.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0209      MISCELLANEOUS SIGNS

19A NCAC 02B .0210      SPECIAL MUNICIPAL SIGNS

19A NCAC 02B .0211      CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE SIGNING

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(19); 136‑30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0212      PARKING SIGNS

(a)  No Parking Signs (State Highway System).  Where parking is prohibited by either Department of Transportation or municipal ordinance, the installation and maintenance of appropriate No Parking signs is the responsibility of the Department of Transportation.

(b)  Parking Control Signs (State Municipal System).  Where parking is permitted but the municipality desires to control its duration or type, the appropriate standard signs necessary are the responsibility of the municipality.  They shall be installed and maintained at no expense to the Department of Transportation.  Such signs include, but are not limited to, 15 Min. Parking, 1 Hr. Parking, No Parking 4‑6 P.M., Loading Zone, Bus Stop, and Taxi Stand.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 20‑162; 20‑162.1; 136‑18(5);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0213      TRUCK ROUTE DESIGNATION

(a)  Municipal governments have the authority to establish by ordinance truck routes on the state highway system within their corporate limits.  Such truck routes must have approval of the Department of Transportation.

(b)  The Department of Transportation also has authority to establish truck routes within a municipality.  Truck routes may traverse both state highway system streets and municipal streets; however non‑system streets may be designated as a truck route only by the municipality.

(c)  The Department of Transportation will be responsible for all necessary signing on the state highway system streets with the municipality being responsible for signing that portion of the truck route traversing non‑system streets.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 20‑116(h); 136‑18(5); 136‑30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0214      BUSINESS AND BYPASS ROUTE DESIGNATIONS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. April 11, 1980.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0215      SHOPPING CENTER SIGNS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993; August 1, 1984;

Expired Eff. October 1, 2016 pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0216      STREET NAME SIGNS

(a)  Street name signs are the sole responsibility of the municipality. If such signs are installed on the state highway system rights‑of‑way they must be in conformance with the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices" and may not be erected in such a manner as to interfere with standard highway signing.

(b)  Street Name Signs (State Rural Secondary System). The board of county commissioners or developers and property owners can request permission for the appropriate street name signs and, upon approval by the traffic engineering branch as to type, design, and location of said signs, they may be erected and will be maintained by those responsible for the placing of the signs.

(c)  The Department of Transportation may remove all street name signs that are not properly maintained or that hamper the maintenance of the streets by the Department of Transportation.

Note:  Refer also to the Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 23, Part 655, Subpart C.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0217      ALL AMERICA CITY SIGNS

19A NCAC 02B .0218      RAILROAD NAME SIGNS ON OVERPASSES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. January 1, 1995; November 1, 1993; October 1, 1993;

Expired Eff. October 1, 2016 pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0219      FIRE STATION WARNING SIGN

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0220      FIRE DISTRICT SIGN

19A NCAC 02B .0221      GENERAL MOTORIST SERVICES SIGNS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30; 136‑128; 136-140.7;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1995; September 1, 1994; December 1, 1993; October 1, 1993; November 1, 1987;

Expired Eff. October 1, 2016 pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0220      FIRE DISTRICT SIGN

(a)  The erection of FIRE DISTRICT signs will be permitted on highway rights‑of‑way under the following conditions:

(1)           The design and size of the signs are approved by the Traffic Engineering Branch of the Department of Transportation.

(2)           The locations for each of the signs are approved by the Traffic Engineering Branch of the Department of Transportation.

The Department of Transportation may remove any sign that is not properly maintained.  All costs involved in the fabrication, installation, and maintenance of these signs are the responsibility of the agency requesting the signs.

(b)  Requests for permission to erect FIRE DISTRICT signs shall be directed to the highway division engineer having jurisdiction in the county in which the sign is proposed.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0221      GENERAL MOTORIST SERVICES SIGNS

(a)  General Motorist Services Signs mean signs that provide travelers with directional information for essential motorist services.  The signs carry word legends GAS, DIESEL, LP (PROPANE) GAS, FOOD, LODGING, BED AND BREAKFAST, PHONE, HOSPITAL, and TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER with appropriate directional legend, and the exit number where applicable.  The cost associated with General Motorist Services Signs is the responsibility of the Department of Transportation.

(b)  Specific Services Signs mean signs erected under the Specific Information Signing Program as described in G.S. 136-140.7.  These signs provide travelers with business identification and directional information for essential motorist services.  The signs carry word legends GAS, FOOD, LODGING and CAMPING with appropriate directional legend, the exit number where applicable, and one or more business logos.  The cost associated with Specific Services Signs is borne by the businesses whose logos are shown on the signs through initial and annual fees paid to the Department of Transportation.

(c)  Signing for general motorist services shall be installed only on rural fully controlled access highways and shall be in conformance with the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices."  Requests for signing for general motorist services shall be directed to the highway division engineer having jurisdiction in the county in which the sign is proposed. If approved, services signing shall be installed and maintained by the Department of Transportation.

(d)  General Requirements for All Services.  The requirements in this Paragraph shall be applied in determining the placement of service signs on the rural fully controlled access highways.  Service signs shall be erected only at grade separated interchanges.  A fully controlled access highway shall have neither a minimum length requirement nor minimum number of interchanges requirement to qualify for erection of service signs.  A facility shall meet the specific requirements for signs in Paragraph (e).  It shall have an outside coin‑operated telephone in the immediate vicinity of the business (within the intersection area, at an adjacent business or across the road), which is accessible.  A business phone at an adjacent business is not a public telephone for a particular applicant business.  The maximum distance that a "Gas", "Diesel", "LP (PROPANE) Gas", "Food", "Bed and Breakfast" or "Lodging" service can be located from the facility shall not exceed three miles in either direction via an all‑weather road.  Where no qualifying services exist within three miles, the maximum distance may be increased to six miles, provided the total travel distance to the business and return to the interchange does not exceed 12 miles.  When the nearest qualifying service is located more than three miles from the facility, the distance to the service shall be shown on the service sign at the ramp terminal.  The maximum distance for a "Camping" service shall not exceed 10 miles.  Said distances shall be measured from the point on the interchange crossroad, coincident with the centerline of the facility route median, along the roadways to the respective motorist service.  The point to be measured to for each business is a point on the roadway that is perpendicular to the corner of the nearest wall of the business to the interchange.  The wall to be measured to shall be that of the main building or office.  Walls of sheds (concession stands, storage buildings, separate restrooms, etc.) whether or not attached to the main building are not to be used for the purposes of measuring.  If the office (main building) of a business is located more than 0.2 mile from a public road on a private road or drive, the distance to the office along the said drive/road shall be included in the overall distance measured to determine whether or not the business qualifies for business signing.  The office shall be presumed to be at the place where the services are provided.

(e)  Specific Requirements for Erection of General Motorist Services Signs:

(1)           Gas, Diesel, LP (PROPANE) Gas, and Associated Services.  Criteria for erection of a Gas service sign, a Diesel service sign, or an LP (PROPANE) Gas Service sign shall include:

(A)          appropriate licensing to operate as required by law;

(B)          vehicle services for fuel, motor oil, tire repair (by an employee) and water;

(C)          restroom facilities and drinking water suitable for public use;

(D)          an on‑premise attendant to collect monies, make change, and make or arrange for tire repairs; and

(E)           year‑round operation at least 16 continuous hours per day, 7 days a week.

(2)           Food.  Criteria for erection of a Food service sign shall include:

(A)          appropriate licensing to operate as required by law, and a permit to operate by the health department;

(B)          year‑round operation at least 12 continuous hours per day to serve three meals a day (sandwich type entrees may be considered a meal) (breakfast, lunch, supper), 7 days a week;

(C)          indoor seating for at least 20 persons; and

(D)          public restroom facilities.

(3)           Lodging.  Criteria for erection of a Lodging service sign shall include:

(A)          appropriate licensing to operate as required by law, and a permit to operate by the health department;

(B)          sleeping accommodations consisting of a minimum of 10 units, each including bathroom and sleeping rooms except a lodging business operating as a "Bed and Breakfast" establishment with fewer than 10 units may request "Bed and Breakfast" signs;

(C)          off‑street vehicle parking for each lodging room for rent; and

(D)          year‑round operation.

(4)           Camping.  Criteria for erection of a Camping service sign shall include:

(A)          appropriate licensing to operate as required by law;

(B)          meeting all state and county health and sanitation codes, and having water and sewer systems which have been duly inspected and approved by the local health authority.  The operator shall present evidence of such inspection and approval;

(C)          at least 10 campsites with accommodations for all types of travel‑trailers, tents and camping vehicles;

(D)          parking accommodations to meet current demand;

(E)           continuous operation, 7 days a week during business season.

A business sign shall be removed or masked by the Department during off seasons, if the campground is operated on a seasonal basis.

(5)           Phone.  Signs may be posted for a phone location only in respect to outdoor telephone booths where service is available on a twenty‑four hour basis.

(6)           Hospital.  Hospital signs shall consist of the word "Hospital" along the main roadway and the blue "H" at the end of the ramp.  The blue "H" shall be used to trailblaze from the ramp terminal to the hospital where needed.  The intent of providing "Hospital" signs along interstate or controlled access highways is to direct unfamiliar motorists to a hospital in case there is a need for emergency medical services.  The blue "Hospital" sign shall be used on the interstate or controlled access highways.  These hospital signs shall be used only for hospitals equipped to handle emergency cases with a physician on duty 24 hours each day and within a practical distance from the interchange.  A blue sign showing the name of the hospital at the end of the ramp along with the proper directional arrow may be provided when a traffic engineering investigation has shown the need.  Trailblazer signs where necessary shall mark the route to the hospital using the blue "H". Use of the name of the hospital on green directional signs along conventional (non‑interstate or non‑controlled access) type streets and roads when a traffic engineering investigation has shown they are needed may be permitted.  These green directional signs apply only to those hospitals which do not provide the 24‑hour emergency service.

(7)           Service signs shall not be erected on non‑controlled or partially controlled access facilities or at locations within or near municipalities where it is obvious to the motorist that services are available.

(f)  Tourist Information Center.  Tourist information center service signing may be approved and installed by the Department of Transportation when the following conditions are met:

(1)           The motorist using the highway in a particular direction must be able to leave and return to the highway via the same interchange and continue in the same direction of travel.

(2)           The service must be located in a rest area on the freeway or within one mile of the interchange off ramp and on a direct route from the freeway.

(3)           The service must operate continuously for at least eight hours per day, seven days per week, and 360 days per year.

(4)           At least one separate and trained attendant with knowledge of tourist facilities in the state shall be  on duty to service visitors during all hours of operation.

(5)           The facility must have available at no charge to visitors complete information on tourist facilities in the state; such as lodging, auto service, food, medical, recreational, historical and scenic sites; and it must also be readily available when attendant is off duty.

(6)           The service must be housed in a separated area from other facilities in an appropriate building to provide an area, heated in winter and cooled in summer, of not less than 625 square feet of floor area for displays and lounge devoted for providing this service.

(7)           The service must have at least one 50 pocket rack for noncommercial public service materials and displays.

(8)           The service must have rest room facilities available at no cost to the visitor and designed for use by handicapped individuals.

(9)           The service must have drinking water approved by appropriate local authority.

(10)         The service must have a public telephone designed for use by handicapped individuals.

(11)         The service must have off‑street parking at no cost to the motorist and must have curb cuts and ramps for the handicapped.

(12)         Any displays, literature, magazines, etc., that would be judged by the Department to be offensive to visitors with children must not be readily visible.

(13)         The service must provide designated facilities for pets.

(14)         The name of the operating agency, community, group or enterprise shall not appear in the legend of any sign.

(g)  Removal of General Motorist Services Signs.

(1)           If municipal limits are revised so that an interchange is totally within a municipality, then existing general motorist services signs may be retained in place so long as they are in a serviceable appearance and are not in need of refurbishing maintenance.  When the signs are no longer serviceable they shall be removed.

(2)           When specific services (Logo) signing is installed along a section of controlled access roadway, then the existing general motorist services signing shall be removed on that section of roadway except as covered in Subparagraph (g)(3) of this Rule.  When general motorist services signs exist on a controlled access roadway inside a municipality that does not qualify for specific services (Logo) signing, the general motorist services signs may remain in place, except as covered in Subparagraph (g)(1) of this Rule, until such time that all rural sections of the controlled access route adjacent to the municipality are covered, then the general motorist services signs shall be removed except as covered in Subparagraph (g)(3) of this Rule.

(3)           The State Traffic Engineer, after consideration of such factors as the rural nature of the highway, frequency, and availability of motorist services and distances to those services, and after using engineering judgment, may, at his or her discretion, authorize the retention or addition of General Motorist Services Signs along sections of controlled access roadways signed with Specific Services (Logo) Signs or within municipalities.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30; 136‑128; 136-140.7;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1995; September 1, 1994; December 1, 1993; November 1, 1987.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0222      NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD SIGNS

19A NCAC 02B .0223      PARKS: HISTORICAL AREAS: SPECIAL TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: ETC.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0224      TELEPHONE SIGNS

19A NCAC 02B .0225      BLUE STAR MEMORIAL HIGHWAY SIGNS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(8); 136‑30; 136‑102.1;

1949 General Assembly Resolution 21;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Expired Eff. October 1, 2016 pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0224      TELEPHONE SIGNS

The Department of Transportation will approve and allow placing of standard TELEPHONE signs on the right‑of‑way, except on the interstate system, but only in respect to outdoor telephone booths where service is available on a twenty‑four hour basis.  Requests for permission to place TELEPHONE signs shall be made to the highway division engineer having jurisdiction in the county in which the signs are proposed.  If approved, they are to be installed at locations approved by the Department of Transportation and maintained by the telephone company at no cost to the Department of Transportation.  The Department of Transportation may remove any such signs that are not properly placed or maintained.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0225      BLUE STAR MEMORIAL HIGHWAY SIGNS

(a)  The General Assembly has approved the naming of certain highways as Blue Star Memorial Highways and has authorized the Board of Transportation to select and designate the highways to be used for this purpose. The local garden clubs may request the Department of Transportation approval to erect the markers at sites it has selected.  If approved, Department of Transportation personnel shall assist in supervising the erection and landscaping, but shall not share in the cost of same.  The Department of Transportation shall be responsible for the maintenance of the markers and any adjacent landscaping.

(b)  On the interstate system, Blue Star Memorial Markers may be erected only in rest or recreation areas.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(8); 136‑102.1; 136‑30;

1949 General Assembly Resolution 21;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0226      TEMPORARY SIGNS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0227      COMMUNITY WATCH SIGNS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑32;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Expired Eff. October 1, 2016 pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0228      TRAFFIC SIGNALS ‑ GENERAL

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 20‑158; 20‑169; 136‑18(5);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. April 3, 1981;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0229      SIGNAL EQUIPMENT (STATE MUNICIPAL SYSTEM)

The Department of Transportation reserves the right to select the most economical equipment and materials to do a specific job. If the municipality desires to use different or more costly equipment and materials, the municipality shall make a request in writing to the Department of Transportation.  If approved, the substitution may be made but the municipality must pay the difference in cost.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 20‑169; 136‑18(5);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0230      PEDESTRIAN ACTUATED SIGNALS (STATE MUNICIPAL SYSTEM)

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 20‑172; 136‑66.1;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0231      FIRE ZONE (STATION) SIGNALS (STATE MUNICIPAL SYSTEM)

Special signal equipment used at or adjacent to fire stations (including preemption equipment) shall be paid for by the municipality out of its own funds and must be of a design acceptable to and approved by the Department of Transportation.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0232      SCHOOL FLASHERS (STATE MUNICIPAL SYSTEM)

Standard signing and marking for school zones is the responsibility of the Department of Transportation. If a traffic and engineering investigation conducted by the Department of Transportation shows that there are hazardous conditions present adjacent to a school greater than those normally present in school areas, and that these conditions can be alleviated by the use of school flashers, then the Department of Transportation will install school flashers and maintain them.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0233      UPGRADING EXISTING SIGNALS (STATE MUNICIPAL SYSTEM)

The cost for upgrading existing traffic signals and flashers on the state highway system is the responsibility of the Department of Transportation.  The existing equipment being replaced shall become the property of the Department of Transportation.  In the event the municipality wishes to retain possession of the equipment, or any part thereof, to be replaced, it may do so by mutual agreement with the Department of Transportation.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 20‑158; 136‑18(5);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0234      AUTHORITY FOR TRAFFIC ORDINANCES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 20‑116; 20‑141; 20‑158; 10‑158.1; 20‑161; 20‑165.1; 136‑18(5);

136‑18(19); 136‑30 to 31; 136‑33.2; 136‑89.50; 136‑102.5; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0235      CUSTODIAN AND LOCATION OF TRAFFIC ORDINANCES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 150A‑63(c);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. November 1, 1991.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0236      MEDIAN OPENINGS ‑ GENERAL

19A NCAC 02B .0237      CROSSOVERS IN CONTROLLED ACCESS HIGHWAYS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 20‑140.3; 136‑18(5); 136‑89.58;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0238      MANUAL ON DRIVEWAY ENTRANCE REGULATIONS

 

History Note:        Legislative Objection Lodged Eff. August 19, 1980;

Legislative Objection Removed Eff. April 23, 1981;

Authority G.S. 136‑18(1); 136‑93; 150A‑63(c);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. April 11, 1980;

Repealed Eff. April 3, 1981.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0239      OBTAINING COPIES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(10); 136‑93; 150A‑62;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. April 3, 1981.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0240      CHANNELIZATION FOR ENTRANCES AND EXITS TO PROPERTY

The Department of Transportation will not pay for channelization curbs built off the right of way or for paving any part of driveway entrances.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5);

Eff. July 1, 1978.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0241      PLACEMENT OF HISTORICAL MARKERS IN ROW

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136-18(10); 136-42.2; 136-42.3; 136-129;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2012; April 11, 1980;

Expired Eff. October 1, 2016 pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0242      NC ROUTE NUMBERS

(a)  The Department of Transportation has full responsibility for establishing NC routes.  Normally this relates to removing a road from the secondary road system and placing it on the primary road system.

(b)  NC numbered routes shall have numbers not to exceed 999. NC route numbers shall not be in conflict with interstate numbers or US numbers.

(c)  Requests for the addition, modification, or deletion of NC route numbers shall be submitted to the traffic engineering branch who shall make recommendations relative to the request based upon the following criteria:

(1)           The proposed NC route must be adequately designed and constructed in terms of its pavement structure such that it can carry the statutory 19,000 pound axle load.

(2)           The proposed route must meet minimum accepted operational standards of a minimum 20‑foot paved width and with adequate shoulders.

(3)           The horizontal and vertical alignment of the route must be such that it can safely handle traffic at the statutory speed limit of 55 miles per hour for the majority of its length.  In extreme mountainous areas, consideration may be given to an average operating speed of 45 miles per hour.

(4)           NC routes shall not overlap existing NC or US routes already established unless the duplication is for a short distance and the routes then diverge, ending in different terminal points.

(d)  No additional NC route shall be added to the primary highway system or extended except where there is a definite showing of an adequately improved highway carrying an established and necessary line of intrastate traffic not otherwise provided for by existing US or NC routes.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. July 26, 1993;

Transferred and recodified from 19A NCAC 02B .0303 Eff. March 4, 1998;

Amended Eff. August 1, 1998;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0243      RAILROAD GRADE CROSSING SIGNS, SIGNALS, AND GATES

(a)  When the Department of Transportation directs a railroad to protect its grade crossings by the erection of electric signals or other safety devices, the railroad so directed shall erect such electric signals or other safety devices as required in the order.  Upon the installation and placing into operation of the signals or other safety devices as required in the order, any existing signals or other safety devices shall be removed by the railroad unless otherwise directed by the Department of Transportation.

(b)  Where there has been a discontinuance of service but the tracks have not been paved over or removed, crossbuck signs shall be removed and sign R8-9 "TRACKS OUT OF SERVICE" shall be installed.

(c)  Where there has been a discontinuance of service and the tracks have been paved over or removed, all signs shall be removed.

(d)  Where there has been a discontinuance of service and flashing light signals or gates are present, the gate arms shall be removed and the signal heads shall be hooded, turned, or removed to clearly indicate they are not in operation.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136-18(5); 136-18(11); 136-20;

Eff. August 1, 1998;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

SECTION .0300 ‑ CHIEF ENGINEER ‑ PROGRAMS

 

 

19A NCAC 02B .0301      INTERSTATE ROUTE NUMBERS

19A NCAC 02B .0302      US ROUTE NUMBERS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30; 136-89.50; 23 U.S.C. 101;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. July 26, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0303      NC ROUTE NUMBERS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. July 26, 1993;

Transferred and recodified to 19A NCAC 02B .0242 Eff. March 4, 1998.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0304      SECONDARY ROAD NUMBERS

(a)  All secondary roads which are a part of the Highway System will carry a number beginning at 1000.

(b)  Secondary road numbers 1000 to 1099 are developed for the principal routes within a county.

(c)  Wherever possible these numbers are continuous for two or more counties.

(d)  Secondary road numbers for the majority of the secondary roads are numbered numerically, increasing in the county.  Thus, different counties will have different routes with the same number.

(e)  Numbering of secondary roads in each county will start in the southwesterly quadrant, numbering in a clockwise direction with numbers starting at 1100 and numerically increasing.  A block of numbers is allotted for each section of the county with sufficient unused numbers to permit roads to be added in the future.

(f)  All requests for changing existing secondary road numbers shall be acted upon by the Department of Transportation.  Requests for the addition, modification or deletion of secondary road numbers shall be submitted to the Department.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136-18(5); 136-30;

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. July 26, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0305      SOURCE AND PURPOSE ‑ POWELL BILL

Annually the North Carolina Department of Transportation shall pay state street aid allocations from the State Highway Fund to eligible and qualifying municipalities for the maintenance, construction and reconstruction of local city streets.  Inquiries about these allocations shall be directed to:

 

Manager of Program Development

North Carolina Division of Highways

Highway Building

1 S. Wilmington Street

Raleigh, N. C.  27611

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑41.1 to 41.2; 136‑41.3; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. July 26, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0306      ESTABLISHING ELIGIBILITY ‑ POWELL BILL

Annually as of July 1, each participating municipality shall establish its eligibility for an allocation.  Towns incorporated prior to January 1, 1945, must submit a certified statement which provides information on the municipality's most recent election for the purpose of electing municipal officials, ad valorem taxes, or other provisions for funding the general operating expenses of the municipality; and the mileage of its legally qualified, municipality maintained streets.  In addition, towns incorporated on or after January 1, 1945, must also include in their certified statement information on their:

(1)           ad valorem taxes;

(2)           budget ordinance; and

(3)           services provided.

In all cases, the statement must be certified by the mayor and city clerk with the mileage certified by a registered professional engineer or a registered land surveyor.  To support the mileage claimed on the certified statement, a street map, certified by a registered land surveyor or registered professional engineer, which clearly shows the claimed local city streets is required.  If there have been no changes in mileage from the previous year, only certifications by the mayor and city clerk is required.  Forms and instructions are available from the Manager of Program Development, North Carolina Division of Highways, Raleigh, 27611.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑41.1; 136‑41.2; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. July 26, 1993; November 1, 1991;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0307      PAYMENT OF ALLOCATIONS ‑ POWELL BILL

19A NCAC 02B .0308      FINANCIAL STATEMENT ‑ POWELL BILL

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136-41.1; 136‑41.3; 136-143; 143B-350 (f), (g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Repealed Eff. July 26, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0309      SOURCE AND PURPOSE ‑ PL (METROPOLITAN PLANNING) FUNDS

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is responsible for administering the Metropolitan Planning Funds (PL) established by the 1973 Federal‑Aid Highway Act. These funds are for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of 23 U.S.C. 134, relating to transportation planning in urban areas.  Funds are apportioned to the state in the ratio which the population in urbanized areas bears to the total population in such urbanized areas in all the states as shown by the latest available census.  Inquiries about these funds should be directed to Manager of Statewide Planning, North Carolina Division of Highways, Raleigh, 27611.

 

History Note:        Authority 23 U.S.C. 104(f); 23 U.S.C. 134; G.S. 136‑18(12); 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. March 1, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0310      RECIPIENTS OF FUNDS ‑ PL (METROPOLITAN PLANNING) FUNDS

Metropolitan Planning Funds appropriated to the state shall be allocated to the organization recognized by the Governor, through an official designation, as having accepted responsibility for transportation planning for the urbanized area.  Urbanized areas are those areas of over 50,000 population, as identified by the U.S. Bureau of Census in the latest available decennial census or special census taken since the decennial census, and required by the United States Department of Transportation to maintain a comprehensive transportation planning process.

 

History Note:        Authority 23 U.S.C. 104(f); 23 U.S.C. 134; G.S. 136‑18(12); 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. July 26, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0311      ALLOCATION OF FUNDS ‑ PL (METROPOLITAN PLANNING) FUNDS

Metropolitan Planning Funds shall be allocated to the designated organizations by formula developed by the state and approved by the Federal Highway and Urban Mass Transportation Administrators.  North Carolina's formula allocates one‑half of the funds in equal shares to the designated agencies and one‑half on the ratio of the urbanized area's population to the total population of all the urbanized areas.  Allocation is in the form of a commitment of funds to the area for reimbursement of cost incurred in carrying out transportation planning.

 

History Note:        Authority 23 U.S.C. 104(f); 23 U.S.C. 134; G.S. 136‑18(12); 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. July 26, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0312      MATCHING ‑ PL (METROPOLITAN PLANNING) FUNDS

The federal share payable on account of work performed using PL (Metropolitan Planning) Funds shall be 80 percent.  The remaining 20 percent is local money provided by the urbanized area.

 

History Note:        Authority 23 U.S.C. 104(f); 23 U.S.C. 134; G.S. 136‑18(12); 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. July 26, 1993; March 1, 1993; August 1, 1986;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0313      PROGRAMMING ‑ PL (METROPOLITAN PLANNING) FUNDS

The expenditure of PL Funds by each organization shall be supported by a planning work program setting forth the transportation planning work to be undertaken.  Approval of the program by the Department of Transportation and the United States Department of Transportation is required.

 

History Note:        Authority 23 U.S.C. 104(f); 23 U.S.C. 134; G.S. 136‑18(12); 143B‑250(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. November 1, 1991;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0314      ADMINISTRATIVE AGREEMENT ‑ PL (METROPOLITAN PLANNING) FUNDS

Administration of PL Funds shall be pursuant to an agreement between the Department of Transportation and the planning organization.  As a minimum, the agreement shall identify the parties involved; specify the purpose, statement of work, period of performance, consideration and payment, and cost principals; grant the Department of Transportation the rights of access to, and examination and audit of records; and provide for retention of records.

 

History Note:        Authority 23 U.S.C. 104(f); 23 U.S.C. 134; G.S. 136‑18(12); 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0315      NEGOTIATION WITH MUNICIPALITIES AND MUNICIPAL AGREEMENTS

Highway projects within municipalities shall be constructed in accordance with a municipal agreement which is executed by the municipality and the Board.  The municipal agreement shall set forth such conditions as whether the Department of Transportation or the municipality will acquire the right of way, participation by the municipality in regard to right of way cost, and utility provisions.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 136‑66.3; 143B‑24; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Transferred and Recodified from 19A NCAC 2B .0119 Eff. October 1, 1993;

Amended Eff. December 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0316      PERSONAL PROPERTY NOT TO BE ACQUIRED

No items of personal property are to be acquired by the Department through negotiation.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Transferred and Recodified from 19A NCAC 2B .0124 Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0317      IMPLEMENTATION OF ROADWAY CORRIDOR OFFICIAL MAPS

(a)  A roadway corridor official map, hereinafter referred to as "official map," is defined as a map, drawing or written description of a planned roadway alignment, with approximations of future right of way boundaries, which is adopted by the Board of Transportation for right of way protection purposes.

(b)  The Division of Highways of the North Carolina Department of Transportation is responsible for the implementation of the procedures governing the adoption of official maps.

(c)  The Department of Transportation shall conduct environmental studies or screenings prior to the adoption of an official corridor map as follows:

(1)           If environmental studies are in the process of being conducted on a project being considered for an official map, then the adoption of the map must await the determination of the recommended alternative.  In such cases, the public hearing required for a proposed official map or amendment under G.S. 136-44.50(a)(1) may be combined with the design public hearing.

(2)           If environmental studies have not been conducted or are not underway for a project for which an official map is to be prepared, a preliminary environmental screening of the proposed alignment must be conducted to determine the environmental feasibility of the project.

(d)  An official map illustrating the proposed project must be prepared prior to the initiation of the map adoption procedure. An official map must be of sufficient detail to identify the proposed project in terms of functional design, location and preliminary right of way boundaries.  The approximate property boundaries will be identified on the map and the names of the affected property owners at the time of the recording must be provided.

(e)  The Department of Transportation shall conduct a public hearing on the proposed map or an amendment to the existing adopted map prior to the adoption of an official corridor map or amendment as follows:

(1)           The Public Hearing Officer of the Division of Highways, after the project has been selected and the official map has been prepared, shall arrange the date and location of the public hearing on the proposed map or amendment as required by G.S. 136-44.50(a)(1). The date of the hearing must be determined in advance so as to allow sufficient time for the period of public notice which is required pursuant to G.S. 136-44.50(a)(1).

(2)           In addition to the public hearing notice requirements established by G.S. 136-44.50(a)(1), the notice shall indicate that copies of the proposed official map are available for review in the office of the District Engineer in whose jurisdiction the area which is the subject of the map is located.

(3)           The Public Hearing Officer shall conduct the public hearing. Public comment at the hearing shall be directed towards the designation of the subject project as an "official map" and any impacts created by such designation. Either a transcript of the public hearing or a summary of the comments made at the hearing shall be prepared.

(f)  The Board of Transportation, following a review of the public hearing transcript or the summary of the comments made at the hearing, may adopt an official map at a Board of Transportation meeting.

(g)  In addition to the statutory requirements for the distribution and maintenance of official maps established by G.S. 136-44.50(b)(1), a copy of an official map adopted by the Board of Transportation shall be maintained by the Program Development Branch of the Department and a copy shall be provided to the building inspectors and planning officials in the jurisdictions affected by the map.

(h)  The procedures for the Department of Transportation's consideration of petitions for variances from requirements imposed by the adoption of an official corridor map are as follows:

(1)           Any property owner affected by an official map adopted by the Board of Transportation may petition for a variance from the requirements imposed by the statute (G.S. 136-44.51). A request for a variance shall be directed to the Program Development Branch for consideration and processing. The property owner may either request that an administrative hearing be held in the county in which the affected property is located or may state the reasons for and supply any evidence supporting the variance request in writing to the Director of the Program Development Branch. In instances where a hearing is scheduled pursuant to a request for a variance, the Program Development Branch shall provide written notice of the hearing to the mayor of any affected city or the chairman of the board of commissioners of any affected county, in accordance with G.S. 136-44.52(b).

(2)           Upon consideration of the facts and circumstances pertaining to the petition for a variance as determined from evidence provided by the property owner, the Program Development Branch may grant a variance, recommend the subject property be considered for advance acquisition, or deny the request. A written record of the decision shall be provided to the petitioning property owner within 30 days of the date of the hearing or the date of the receipt of the written request for the variance.

(3)           If the petitioning property owner receives an unfavorable ruling from the Program Development Branch concerning the variance request, he or she may request a review of the case by the Chief Engineer. The Chief Engineer shall evaluate the case and provide a final administrative decision in writing within 30 days of the date of the receipt of the review request.

(4)           Any property located within a designated roadway corridor may be considered for advance acquisition prior to the expiration of the three year time period established in G.S. 136-44.51(b). All requests for such advance acquisition shall be in writing, include all supporting documentation, and be submitted to the Right of Way Branch with a copy sent to the Program Development Branch.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136-44.50; 136-44.51; 136-44.52; 143B-350(f);

Eff. October 1, 1991;

Transferred and Recodified from 19A NCAC 2B .0163;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2012; December 29, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

SECTION .0400 ‑ RELOCATION ASSISTANCE PROCEDURES

 

 

Note:  The Department publishes a "Relocation Assistance Brochure" which contains the information normally needed by a person being relocated.  The brochure is available free from any Division of Highways Right of Way Relocation Office.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0401      DEFINITIONS

19A NCAC 02B .0402      PURPOSE

19A NCAC 02B .0403      ELIGIBILITY FOR STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS

19A NCAC 02B .0404      APPLICABILITY

19A NCAC 02B .0405      ASSURANCES OF ADEQUATE RELOCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

19A NCAC 02B .0406      PERSONS TO WHOM ADVISORY ASSISTANCE SHOULD BE OFFERED

19A NCAC 02B .0407      ASSISTANCE ON ADVANCE AND SPECIFIC PARCEL ACQUISITIONS

19A NCAC 02B .0408      PUBLIC NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF SERVICE

19A NCAC 02B .0409      INITIAL CONTACT WITH DISPLACEE

19A NCAC 02B .0410      NOTICE TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

19A NCAC 02B .0411      NINETY DAYS WRITTEN NOTICE

19A NCAC 02B .0412      REVIEW PROCEDURES

19A NCAC 02B .0413      SEVERED IMPROVEMENTS

19A NCAC 02B .0414      REQUEST FOR PROPERTY INSPECTION

19A NCAC 02B .0415      AGENCY RESPONSIBILITY

19A NCAC 02B .0416      MOVING COST

19A NCAC 02B .0417      GUIDELINES FOR HOUSEHOLD MOVES

19A NCAC 02B .0418      MOVING PAYMENTS TO BUSINESSES

19A NCAC 02B .0419      ADVERTISING SIGNS

19A NCAC 02B .0420      REPLACEMENT HOUSING PAYMENTS

19A NCAC 02B .0421      REPLACEMENT HOUSING PAYMENTS FOR OWNER‑OCCUPANT

19A NCAC 02B .0422      PAYMENT TO OWNER‑OCCUPANTS FOR 180 DAYS OR MORE WHO RENTS

19A NCAC 02B .0423      REPLACEMENT HOUSING PAYMENT TO OWNER (SHORT TERM OWNER)

19A NCAC 02B .0424      PAYMENT TO OWNER‑OCCUPANTS FOR 90 DAYS WHO RENTS

19A NCAC 02B .0425      PAYMENT TO TENANT‑OCCUPANT FOR 90 OR MORE DAYS WHO RENTS

19A NCAC 02B .0426      PAYMENT TO TENANT‑OCCUPANT 90 OR MORE DAYS WHO PURCHASES

19A NCAC 02B .0427      PAYMENT TO TENANT OF A SLEEPING ROOM 90 OR MORE DAYS

19A NCAC 02B .0428      MOBILE HOMES

19A NCAC 02B .0429      SUBSEQUENT OCCUPANTS

19A NCAC 02B .0430      HOUSING AS A LAST RESORT

19A NCAC 02B .0431      COPIES OF FORMS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 133‑6; 133‑7; 133‑8; 133‑9; 133‑10; 133‑10.1; 133‑11; 133‑14;

133‑146; 136‑18(2); 136‑19; 143B‑350 (a), (f);

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Repealed Eff. November 1, 1991.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0432      RELOCATION ASSISTANCE

The Department of Transportation incorporates by reference 49 CFR Subpart 24 and 23 CFR Subpart C, including subsequent amendments and editions.  Copies are available for inspection, and free copies may be obtained from the Right of Way Branch of the Department of Transportation.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 133-6; 133-14; 143B-350; 150B-21.6;

Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0433      APPLICABILITY

The rules in this Section shall apply to all federal and state highway projects, except state secondary road projects.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 133-6; 133-14; 143B-350;

Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0434      RESERVED FOR FUTURE CODIFICATION

19A NCAC 02B .0435      RESERVED FOR FUTURE CODIFICATION

19A NCAC 02B .0436      RESERVED FOR FUTURE CODIFICATION

19A NCAC 02B .0437      RESERVED FOR FUTURE CODIFICATION

19A NCAC 02B .0438      RESERVED FOR FUTURE CODIFICATION

19A NCAC 02B .0439      RESERVED FOR FUTURE CODIFICATION

19A NCAC 02B .0440      RESERVED FOR FUTURE CODIFICATION

19A NCAC 02B .0441      DEFINITIONS

19A NCAC 02B .0442      PURPOSE

19A NCAC 02B .0443      ELIGIBILITY FOR STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS

19A NCAC 02B .0444      APPLICABILITY

19A NCAC 02B .0445      ASSURANCES OF ADEQUATE RELOCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

19A NCAC 02B .0446      PERSONS TO WHOM ADVISORY ASSISTANCE SHOULD BE OFFERED

19A NCAC 02B .0447      ASSISTANCE ON ADVANCE AND SPECIFIC PARCEL ACQUISITIONS

19A NCAC 02B .0448      PUBLIC NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF SERVICE

19A NCAC 02B .0449      INITIAL CONTACT WITH DISPLACEE

19A NCAC 02B .0450      NOTICE TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

19A NCAC 02B .0451      NINETY DAYS WRITTEN NOTICE

19A NCAC 02B .0452      REVIEW PROCEDURES

19A NCAC 02B .0453      SEVERED IMPROVEMENTS

19A NCAC 02B .0454      REQUEST FOR PROPERTY INSPECTION

19A NCAC 02B .0455      AGENCY RESPONSIBILITY

19A NCAC 02B .0456      MOVING PAYMENTS ‑ RESIDENTIAL

19A NCAC 02B .0457      MOVING PAYMENT ‑ BUSINESSES, FARMS, NON‑PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

19A NCAC 02B .0458      ADVERTISING SIGNS

19A NCAC 02B .0459      REPLACEMENT HOUSING PAYMENTS

19A NCAC 02B .0460      REPLACEMENT HOUSING PAYMENTS FOR 180 DAY OWNER‑OCCUPANT

19A NCAC 02B .0461      PAYMENT TO OWNER‑OCCUPANTS OF 180 DAYS WHO RENT

19A NCAC 02B .0462      PAYMENT TO OWNER OR OCCUPANT ‑ 90 DAYS

19A NCAC 02B .0463      PAYMENT TO TENANT OR OWNER ‑ LESS THAN 90 DAYS

19A NCAC 02B .0464      MOBILE HOMES

19A NCAC 02B .0465      HOUSING OF LAST RESORT

19A NCAC 02B .0466      DISPLACEMENTS CAUSED BY DISASTERS OR EMERGENCIES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 133‑6; 133-7; 133-8; 133‑9; 133‑10; 133-10.1; 133-11; l33‑14;

133-15; 133-146; 136-18(2); 136-19; 138-18(2); 143B‑350(a) and (f);

Eff. November 1, 1991;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

SECTION .0500 ‑ UTILITY ENCROACHMENTS

 

19A NCAC 02B .0501      DEFINITIONS

The following definitions apply to rules contained in this Section:

(1)           "Agreement" means a properly executed document granting permission for a utility encroachment on the highway right‑of‑way and stipulating any and all conditions and standards that must be met.

(2)           "Applicant" means any individual, corporation, or agency requesting permission to encroach upon the right‑of‑way of any highway in the State Highway System whether or not permission has been granted.

(3)           "Department" means the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

(4)           "Encroachment" means use of the highway right‑of‑way for non‑highway purposes.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(10); 143‑350(f);

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0502      PERMISSION REQUIRED FOR ENCROACHMENT

(a)  No utility shall cross or otherwise occupy rights‑of‑way of any road on the State Highway System without written permission from the Department of Transportation.

(b)  No utility which has been placed on the right‑of‑way of any road on the State Highway System shall be changed or removed without written permission from the Department of Transportation.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(10); 136‑93;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0503      APPLICATION FOR UTILITY ENCROACHMENTS

The applicant for a utility encroachment agreement shall prepare four copies of the standard encroachment agreement on forms which are available from Division and District Engineers Offices or from the State Utility Agent, Highway Building, Raleigh, N.C.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(10); 136‑93;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993; November 1, 1991;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0504      APPROVAL OF UTILITY ENCROACHMENT

Approval of utility encroachments shall be granted by the responsible Division Engineer.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(10); 136‑93;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0505      FORMS OF ENCROACHMENT AGREEMENT

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(10); 136‑93;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Repealed Eff. December 29, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0506      RESPONSIBILITY FOR EXISTING UTILITIES

(a)  The applicant shall be responsible for determining what, if any, facilities of other utilities are in existence in the encroachment area.  Plans attached to encroachment agreements shall show, as nearly as possible, the location of other utilities that may be unearthed, moved, or exposed to potential damage.

(b)  The applicant shall be responsible for providing protection and safeguards during construction to prevent damage to existing utilities and insure that existing utilities will not be rendered inaccessible.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(10); 136‑93;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0507      EXECUTION OF UTILITY AGREEMENT

(a)  When the applicant is a corporation or a municipality, the agreement must have the corporate seal and be attested by the corporate secretary or by the empowered city official, unless a waiver of corporate seal and attestation by the secretary or by the empowered city official is on file in the Raleigh office of the Manager of Right of Way.  In the space provided in each agreement for execution, the name of the corporation or municipality shall be typed above the signature, and the name and title of all persons signing the agreement shall be typed directly below their signature.

(b)  When the applicant is not a corporation, then the signature must be witnessed by one person.  The address of the applicant shall be included in the agreement and the names of all persons signing the agreement shall be typed directly below their signature.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(10); 136‑93;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0508      BOND MAY BE REQUIRED

If deemed necessary by the Division Engineer, the applicant requesting encroachment permission shall post a performance bond (surety bond, certified or cashier's check) adequate to idemnify the Department for damages to the roadway or highway facility caused by the installation.  Bond requirements will be based upon the performance experience on Department of Transportation projects and the extent of possible damage to the highway facility.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(10); 136‑93;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0509      AGREEMENTS DURING CONSTRUCTION

(a)  After a highway construction project has been let to contract, the applicant must make satisfactory arrangements with the highway contractor, to insure that the encroachment activity will not interfere with or delay the contractor.

(b)  A three‑party agreement between the Department, the highway contractor and the applicant shall be entered into, or the Manager of Right of Way shall be furnished a letter from the highway contractor stating that the installation of the encroachment will not be the basis of a claim for delay or additional cost to the Department.  This requirement does not apply to the adjustment or relocation of existing utilities necessitated by highway construction.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(10); 136‑93;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0510      VEGETATION IN ENCROACHMENT AGREEMENTS

When vegetation on highway right‑of‑way is involved with utility installations, the encroachment application shall be referred to the Area Roadside Environmental Engineer for investigation and approval before final approval of the encroachment.  Encroachment agreements will not be approved until matters pertaining to the cutting or trimming of vegetation on highway right‑of‑way have been settled, and then permission for allowable cutting and trimming will accompany the approved encroachment agreement with the utility.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(10); 136‑93; 136‑18(9);

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0511      NOTICE REQUIRED BEFORE WORK BEGINS

(a)  The applicant shall notify the Division Engineer or his appointed representative prior to beginning work on the highway right‑of‑way.  Notice is not required for underground utility service connections and aerial crossings installed under blanket agreements.

(b)  The Division Engineer or his representative shall notify the Bridge Maintenance Superintendent before work begins when attachments to structures are involved.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(10); 136‑93;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0512      NOTIFICATION REQUIRED UPON COMPLETION OF WORK

The applicant shall notify the Division Engineer in writing when all work contained in the agreement has been completed.  Written notification of completion will not be required for encroachments on active highway projects, and any utility installed under a blanket agreement.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(10); 136‑93;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0513      FINAL INSPECTION: FINAL REPORTS

(a)  The Division Engineer or his designated representative shall make a final inspection of all authorized encroachments.  Where applicable, the Bridge Maintenance Superintendent will also participate in the final inspection.

(b)  The Division Engineer or his designated representative shall notify the Manager of Right of Way in writing as to whether or not each completed encroachment is satisfactory.  Written notice of acceptance is not required for encroachments authorized under blanket agreement.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(10); 136‑93;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0514      ENCROACHMENT AGREEMENTS ON FEDERAL‑AID HIGHWAYS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑18(10); 136‑93;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Repealed Eff. December 29, 1993.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0515      RELOCATION OF UTILITIES ENCOUNTERED IN HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS

(a)  The Department of Transportation shall assume the financial responsibility for non‑betterment costs of adjusting or relocating utilities which are in conflict with the construction of a highway project and occupy a valid utility right of way.  A valid utility right of way for the purpose of this Rule is one in which the Municipality or other utility owner has a compensable interest.  The Department of Transportation, upon the request of the Municipality or other utility owner, may provide the engineering and include the utility adjustment or relocation in the highway improvement contract at no cost to the Municipality or other utility owner.

(b)  The Department of Transportation shall assume the financial responsibility for the non‑betterment cost of adjusting or relocating those municipally‑owned utilities necessitated by highway construction when said utilities are located on a non‑system right of way provided that:

(1)           the highway construction does not constitute an improvement to the non‑system street in which the utilities are located, and

(2)           the non‑system street in which the utilities are located is not incorporated into or obliterated by the highway project.  The mere crossing of a project by a street either at‑grade or by separation shall not constitute "incorporation" into the project.

(c)  The Municipality or other utility owner is financially responsible for the adjustment or relocation of utilities in conflict with a highway improvement when such utilities are located within the existing right of way of a State system highway, except as provided for in G.S. 136‑27.1.

(d)  The owner of the utility is financially responsible for the adjustment or relocation of utilities in conflict with a highway improvement when such utilities are located on a non‑valid utility easement.

(e)  The Department of Transportation may enter into agreements with Municipalities or other utility owners to provide that the necessary engineering and utility construction be accomplished by the Department on a reimbursement basis as follows:

(1)           Reimbursement to the Department will be due after completion of the work and within 60 days after date of invoice.

(2)           Interest shall be paid at the rate of eight percent on any unpaid balance due.

(f)  Should a Municipality fail to pay the Department of Transportation in accordance with the provisions of the Utility Agreement, the Department may apply up to ten percent of each year's allocation of the Municipality's share of funds allocated under the provisions of G.S. 136‑41.1 (Powell Bill) until the Municipality's obligation is paid.

(g)  In those cases where no agreement can be reached, or in cases where the utility owner refuses to relocate or refuses to claim ownership, the Board shall issue an order on the authority of G.S. 136‑18(10) requiring the necessary adjustments.  Upon failure of the utility to comply with the order, all utility construction shall be included in the highway improvement contract.  Upon completion of the work, the owner of the utility shall be invoiced for the work performed.  If the invoice is not paid, the Board of Transportation shall refer the matter to the Office of the Attorney General for further action.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(10); 136‑27.1; 136‑93;

Eff. November 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

SECTION .0600 ‑ DRIVEWAY ENTRANCES

 

19A NCAC 02B .0601      DRIVEWAYS IN HIGHWAY RIGHT OF WAY ‑ GENERAL

(a)  Any person or corporation desiring to construct a driveway or other connection within the right of way of a state system street or highway shall, before beginning any construction, secure a permit from the Department of Transportation authorizing construction on the state right of way.  Driveway connections to residences are normally excluded from this requirement, but may be included at the option of the Department where access connections involve a public safety hazard or at locations involving a highway construction project or if drainage installation costs are excessive or drainage complications are obvious.

(b)  Failure to secure a permit prior to construction may result in the removal of the driveways or denial of access at that location, until an approved permit is executed.

(c)  Within local governments having local ordinances affecting driveways, the more restrictive ordinance, municipal, county or state, shall apply to driveways connecting into state system streets and roads.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑89.50; 136‑89.51;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993; July 1, 1981;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0602      OBTAINING A DRIVEWAY CONSTRUCTION PERMIT

(a)  Application for a driveway construction permit will be made to the District Engineer having jurisdiction in the area.

(b)  Information that must be given with the application is listed below.  Additional information will be required for special commercial property uses as shown in Rule .0603 of this Section.

(1)           The location of the property must be identified clearly enough for the proposed site to be located in the field.

(2)           Complete names and addresses of the property owner and the applicant must be given on the application.

(3)           The planned property use must be indicated as one of the following:

(A)          Residential Subdivision - Low volume traffic generators (Average Daily Traffic less than 200 vehicles per day) such as small apartment complexes, mobile home parks, condominium developments, and other small residential developments.

(B)          Regular Commercial - Low to moderate volume traffic generators (Average Daily Traffic greater than 200 but less than 1,000 vehicles per day) such as single commercial businesses, small shopping centers, light industrial and manufacturing establishments, small service businesses, service organizations and churches.

(C)          Special Commercial - High volume traffic generators (Average Daily Traffic greater than 1,000 vehicles per day) such as large shopping centers, major recreational facilities, large office buildings or complexes containing more than 200 parking spaces, hospitals, large industrial developments, airports, large residential developments and civic centers.

(c)  Plans shall be submitted which clearly indicate the character and extent of the work proposed, including:

(1)           the location of all existing or proposed buildings;

(2)           retaining walls, drainage, poles, and other physical features which effect the driveway location;

(3)           pavement and right of way widths;

(4)           roadway alignment and channelization;

(5)           location of control of access; and

(6)           offstreet parking locations which may affect the driveway location.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑89.50; 136‑89.51;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Amended Eff. December 29, 1993; July 1, 1981;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0603      DRIVEWAY PERMITS FOR SPECIAL COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

(a)  Property use designated as special commercial in Rule .0602 of this Section shall require study to a greater depth than other commercial property uses due to the possibility of greater traffic generation.  As a result, a four-week review period shall be required by the Department.  The permit shall be submitted sufficiently in advance of the planned construction date to allow for this review period.  The different types of property uses that come under this heading are:

(1)           Shopping centers with one or more adjoining commercial or service establishments planned or constructed;

(2)           Residential developments;

(3)           Recreational facilities;

(4)           Office buildings or complexes containing more than 200 parking spaces;

(5)           Hospitals or large medical facilities;

(6)           Industrial developments;

(7)           Airports;

(8)           Civic Centers;

(9)           Other uses which can be expected to attract large amounts of traffic (Average Daily Traffic greater than 1,000 vehicles per day); and

(10)         Any development located at high volume or high accident locations, which are locations having a history of accidents.

(b)  In addition to the items required on the permit application as specified in Rule .0602 of this Section, the following items of information, with the exceptions noted, must be shown on the site plans before the application can be considered:

(1)           a complete plot plan showing the buildings and parking space layouts (not necessary for new public streets);

(2)           the proposed driveway locations and widths;

(3)           the approximate distances between the following items:

(A)          driveway centerline to centerline of nearest crossroad;

(B)          driveway centerline to existing or proposed crossovers;

(C)          driveway centerline to adjacent streams or bridges;

(D)          pavement edge of road to right of way; and

(E)           width of adjacent roads.

(c)  In the absence of local zoning or subdivision ordinances, the developer shall present four copies of the site plans to the District Engineer at least four weeks prior to the planned construction date.

(d)  Where local zoning or subdivision ordinances exist, the developer shall submit five copies of the site plans to the local planning body.  The local planning body, after tentative approval of the plan, shall forward four copies of the plans to the Division Engineer.  The Division Engineer shall take the necessary action and inform the developer and the local planning body of the results of the investigation conducted by the Department.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑89.50; 136‑89.51;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Amended Eff. January 1, 1995; December 29, 1993; July 1, 1981;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0604      APPROVAL OF APPLICATION

The approval of the application shall be subject to the following conditions:

(1)           The application shall be properly and clearly completed.

(2)           The location, design, and construction of driveways shall meet the general and geometric requirements as specified by the responsible District Engineer which will include necessary provisions for drainage, pavement types and thickness, sight distance requirements, and other details.

Note:  The Department publishes a brochure entitled, "Manual on Driveway Entrance Regulations" which includes the normal design and construction criteria required for various types of driveway entrances.  This manual may be obtained from the Traffic Engineering Branch, Division of Highways, Raleigh, free of charge.

(3)           The permit shall require that the applicant assume the following construction responsibilities:

(a)           Existing open ditch ‑ The applicant shall furnish all required pipe of size, type and quantity as specified by the engineer.  The pipe will be laid and backfilled by the Department, if requested.  The applicant shall bear the full cost of any stabilization and pavement placed on the driveway(s) within the right of way.

(b)           Existing curbed streets ‑ The applicant will bear all costs of driveway construction including the cost of replacing all joints of curb damaged during construction.

(c)           No alteration or addition shall be made to any driveway within the right of way without first securing a new permit from the District Engineer.

The Department reserves the right of inspection, by its authorized representatives, of any driveway construction within the right of way.  In the event of failure to comply with the terms of the permit, faulty workmanship, or materials, the Department shall have the right to stop the work until such time as the objectionable conditions are corrected.  All costs incurred in the removal and/or correction of non‑compliance with design, defective workmanship, and/or materials shall be borne by the applicant.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑89.50; 136‑89.51;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993; July 1, 1981;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.

 

19A NCAC 02B .0605      APPLICATION REVIEW PERIOD

The Department will process all permit applications as expeditiously as possible.  Routine permit applications processed by the District Engineer will require approximately two weeks to process.  Permit applications that are considered complex will be processed in approximately four weeks.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5); 136‑89.50; 136‑89.51;

Eff. April 3, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993; July 1, 1981;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.