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(A) General requirements.
(1) Construction of permitted work required by this chapter shall be in accordance with the rules, regulations, and specifications as set forth in this chapter and the Technical Reference Manual.
(2) The construction of any improvements, utility or facility work within the right-of-way shall not commence until a permit is issued.
(3) The construction of improvements or utility/facility work must begin and end within time frames identified in the Technical Reference Manual, or as identified on the issued permit. These time periods may be extended by the County Engineer upon receipt of a written request detailing sufficient cause.
(B) Field modifications. During the construction phase, the person in charge shall note any conditions or unforeseen circumstances that may involve departures from the approved engineering plans and specifications. The person in charge must request in writing to the LCDOT the approval to depart from the approved engineering plans and specifications. Revised plan sheets shall accompany the written request.
(C) Maintenance during construction.
(1) Emergency action by LCDOT. If any emergency repairs or actions are required of the LCDOT on a county highway due to construction of permitted work as approved by this chapter, the LCDOT may perform but does not have the duty to perform such emergency repairs or actions and charge the permittee for all the costs associated with such work. The person in charge shall be present for such emergency repairs and shall be responsible for any changes or modifications necessary in the traffic control.
(2) Debris removal.
(a) The permittee shall be responsible for cleaning and maintaining the right-of-way of the county highway. Storm sewers and drains shall be kept free of debris, trash, and other extraneous material at all times. The pavement surface shall be kept clean and free of mud, gravel, debris, trash, and other extraneous material at all times. Should the permittee fail to keep the pavement clean or the drainage functioning properly, the county shall have the right, but not the duty, to clean the pavement and restore drainage to maintain a safe and passable highway. The permittee shall be responsible for all costs incurred by the county for said cleaning.
(b) Persistent failure by the permittee to comply with this section will result in LCDOT revoking the permit and taking any action necessary to keep the pavement clean and drainage functioning properly. Should the permit be revoked, there shall be a meeting with the permittee, person in charge, and LCDOT to discuss what measures will be taken to reinstate the permit.
(3) Damage to utilities and facilities. Any damage caused to any utilities or facilities during construction shall be repaired at the permittee's expense to the satisfaction of the authority owning such utility or facility. The LCDOT shall be notified immediately after notification of the owner of the utility or facility, that damage has occurred. The permittee shall present to the LCDOT an outline of the steps to be taken to repair the utility or facility.
(4) Winter maintenance.
(a) No construction authorized by permit issued by the county involving the widening of a county highway will be allowed to commence after October 1. Construction may resume when the asphalt plants open the following spring. No construction activities will be allowed within the county highway right-of-way during active snow or ice removal.
(b) Prior to the suspension of construction for the winter months, the permittee shall contact the LCDOT. The LCDOT shall perform a field inspection to identify any potential winter maintenance problems. The permittee shall correct any problems identified by the LCDOT to the satisfaction of the LCDOT. The permittee shall be solely responsible for all costs to correct any problems identified by the LCDOT.
(Ord. 19-1061, passed 7-9-2019)