Microtrenching Rules

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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Pursuant to §1043 and §2903 (b) of the New York City Charter, the Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to promulgate rules regarding maintenance of public roads, streets, highways, parkways, bridges and tunnels.


Chapter 2 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York is being amended to allow for the utilization of a microtrenching for the installation of fiber-optic telecommunications conduit. Through a pilot program conducted by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT), DOT has determined that microtrenching is less disruptive to traffic and requires less extensive restoration work than installation of conduit utilizing conventional trenching. These proposed rules authorize telecommunications franchisees to obtain permits to install conduit via microtrenching in compliance with certifications issued by DOITT. DOITT is separately proposing companion rules to authorize telecommunications franchisees to perform microtrenching in compliance with DOT permits.



Public Hearing

Opportunity to comment on proposed Department of Transportation rules relating to Microtrenching.

Public Hearing Date: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 10:00am

Franco Esposito
Senior Counsel
55 Water Street, 9th Floor
New York, New York 10041
(212) 839-6500

Department of Transportation (DOT) BID Room, Room A
55 Water Street, (entrance located on the south side of the building facing the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial)
New York, NY 10041