Amendment of Highway Rules

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Comment By: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016

 Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to issue rules regarding highway operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(b) of the New York City Charter.

The purpose of the proposed rule is to provide clearer, more concise language, and to update the following provisions of the Highway Rules: sections 2-01 through 2-09, 2-11 through 2-14, and 2-20.

More specifically, sections 2-01, 2-02(c), 2-04(c), 2-04(g), 2-06(b), 2-06(d), 2-08(b), 2-09, 2-11(c), 2-11(e), 2-11(f), 2-12(a), 2-13(g), 2-13(l), 2-13(n), 2-13(o), 2-14(a), and 2-20(a) are amended to distinguish between two documents referenced in the Highway Rules: 1) the Standard Highway Specifications (“Standard Specifications”), and 2) the Standard Details of Construction (“Standard Detail Drawings”), both of which are drafted and issued by the New York City Department of Design and Construction. The Standard Specifications contain detailed information on the specifications for standard materials. The Standard Detail Drawings provide typical construction details.

Sections 2-02(a)(1), (2) and (4) are amended to accurately reflect current DOT practice regarding permit applications and bonds.

Section 2-02(b) is amended to delete the obsolete reference to commercial refuse containers with respect to permit reviews, since these permits are now available online.

Section 2-02(d) is amended to clarify that if a timely Corrective Action Request (CAR) protest is granted, the CAR fee will be waived.  A CAR is a formal notice by DOT that work performed, and/or a condition created or maintained on a street, is in violation of the Highway Rules or applicable law, and a request that the permittee take action to correct the work and/or condition. Permittees may protest the issuance of a CAR. This change will promote timely submissions of CAR protests.

Section 2-02 (m) is amended to refer to section 2-07, which is being amended to make clear that a permittee must obtain an emergency number from DOT during a DOT embargo period for emergency work involving an underground street access cover (also known as utility access covers or “manholes”). 

Section 2-03 is amended to delete the fee for obtaining permits to install bicycle racks or decorative planters because DOT no longer issues these permits, which are now covered under a revocable consent pursuant to Section 7-04 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York.

Sections 2-05(c)(2), (d)(11), (d)(15), and (j)(5) and Sections 2-11(e)(4), (e)(6), (e)(10), (e)(11), and (g)(2) are amended to replace references to Section 2-01.1 with Section 2-02(h) and clarify that permittees are required to keep their work sites safe.

Sections 2-05(d)(2) and (19) are amended to clarify that any protective covering placed on the street must be placed beneath all construction material or equipment when delivered by the managing agent, distributor, or owner of the container, and must also be maintained by the general contractor while the material or equipment occupies the street. 

Section 2-07 (a) is amended to require a permittee to obtain an emergency number from DOT during a DOT embargo period for emergency work involving an underground street access cover (also known as utility access covers or “manholes”). 

Sections 2-07(a)(8), 2-11(e)(4)(v), and 2-11(g)(2)(xiii) are amended to clarify when flagpeople are expected to be placed at a job site.

Section 2-07(b)(2) is amended to require a permit to maintain a steel plate that is covering either a defective maintenance cover or grating (also known as hardware) or any street condition found within an area extending 12 inches outward from the perimeter of the defective hardware or street condition, even where no excavation has been made.  There are a number of defective hardware conditions on city streets that require a steel plate cover to maintain public safety until the condition is repaired. This often results in steel plates on the streets with no clear indication of whether they are covering an open excavation or defective hardware, and may on occasion result in unnecessary summonses issued for failure to obtain a permit for an open excavation.  This amendment is designed to eliminate the confusion by providing DOT with information on the location of such steel plates, as well as the name of the plate owner.

Section 2-11(e)(2) is amended to allow for the use of the rock wheel or other DOT-approved tools when pre-cutting pavement.  Typically, handheld tools must be utilized to pre-cut pavement. However, DOT has on occasion authorized the use of the rock wheel to pre-cut pavement.  This change will allow DOT the flexibility to determine which tools are sufficient when pre-cutting pavement.  Section 2-11(e)(2) is also amended to add a reference to new Standard Detail Drawing #H-1042. 

Section 2-11(e)(10) is amended by adding and clarifying several requirements regarding plating and decking.

Section 2-11(e)(11)(iv) is amended to prohibit substituting asphalt for concrete, and to require all concrete-base roadway restorations to be the same depth and greater than or equal to the existing strength as the original base.  The consistency and stability of asphaltic material is not the same as concrete. This change will better protect the integrity of city streets.

Section 2-11(e)(11)(vii) is amended by deleting an administrative requirement regarding the plating of shallow conduits and pipes.

Section 2-11(e)(12)(ii) is amended to require a maximum settlement of half an inch for permanent restoration pavement during the life of the guarantee period.

Section 2-11(e)(12)(viii) is amended to include and clarify the requirement that sealant must be properly maintained throughout the life of the guarantee period. Currently, the rules require the wearing course to be properly sealed at the edges; however, it does not specifically state that such sealant must be properly maintained throughout the life of the guarantee period.

Section 2-11(e)(12)(xi) is deleted and replaced with the requirement that all trenches must have a minimum opening width of 18 inches in accordance with updated Standard Detail Drawing #H-1042.

Section 2-11(f)(4)(i) is amended by adding that the paving schedule must conform to DOT’s requirements, including but not limited to the permittee name, location of work (on, to and from street), and proposed start time. Additionally, the change allows for the transmission of the paving schedule via e-mail or other department-approved method. 

Section 2-14(f) is amended to clarify provisions relating to commercial refuse containers (CRC).  Based on some decisions issued by the New York City Environmental Control Board, the definition of CRCs must be updated to include not just the placement but also the maintenance and storage of containers.  This definition better reflects how the commercial carting industry works and DOT’s expectations of such carting companies.  This amendment also adds a requirement that any protective covering placed on the street must be maintained by the permittee during the entire period the CRC occupies the street.  This change will prevent CRC companies from using the public roadway indefinitely to store containers and to prevent these containers from scarring the roadway because of removed or displaced protection.

Public Hearing

Amendment of Highway Rules.

Public Hearing Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 2:00pm
55 Water Street (Bid Room)
New York, NY 10041