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Rhode Island State Highway Right-of-Way Overview (3-RI-c)

In Rhode Island, a bulk transmission developer must obtain a Utility Permit from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (“RIDOT”) to construct transmission lines that encroach on a state highway or state railroad right-of-way. Rhode Island – tit. 13 - ch.2 R.I. Code R. et seq., Rules and Regulations for Accommodating Utility Facilities Within Public Freeway Rights-of-Way. Depending on the nature and scope of the proposed project, a developer may also need to obtain a Physical Alteration Permit from RIDOT before constructing transmission lines.


RIDOT regulates construction within the State highway and railroad right-of-way pursuant to; Rhode Island – tit. 13 - ch.2 R.I. Code R. et seq., Rules and Regulations for Accommodating Utility Facilities Within Public Freeway Rights-of-Way; Rhode Island – tit. 13 - ch.5 R.I. Code R. et seq., Rules and Regulations for Accommodating Utility Facilities Within Public Railroad Rights-of-Way; Rhode Island – tit. 35 - ch.3 R.I. Code R. et seq., Rules and Regulations Concerning Permission for Use of State Highway Rights-of-Way.


State Highway Right-of-Way Overview Process

3-RI-c.1 – Consult with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT)

At the outset of a project, a developer should contact RIDOT to determine necessary permits. Depending on the nature and scope of the proposed project, a developer may need to obtain a Utility Permit and a Physical Alteration Permit before beginning construction of transmission lines and facilities within a state highway or railroad right-of-way.


3-RI-c.2 to 3-RI-c.3 – Does the Project Require a Physical Alteration Permit?

A developer may need to obtain a Physical Alternation Permit to construct a transmission line or ancillary facilities within a state highway right-of-way. In Rhode Island, “no person…utility company or agency may place or alter curbs, make a connection to…or in any way make any alteration to the State highway system without first obtaining a Physical Alteration Permit.” tit. 35 - ch.3 R.I. Code R. § 4.2. For more information, see:

Physical Alteration Permit:
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3-RI-c.4 to 3-RI-c.6 – Does the Project Require a Utility Permit?

A developer seeking to install transmission lines or facilities within a state highway or railroad right-of-way must file an Application for Utility Permit (Application) with the RIDOT Division of Maintenance. tit. 13 - ch.2 R.I. Code R. § 4.1; tit. 13 - ch.5 R.I. Code R. § 4.1. For more information, see:

State Highway/Railroad Utility Permit
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