Rhode Island State Highway Right-of-Way Overview (3-RI-c)
RIDOT regulates construction within the State highway and railroad right-of-way pursuant to 290-20 R.I. Code R. §§ 5.1-5.7; 290-20 R.I. Code R. §§ 4.1-4.16, State Highway Right of Way Regulations.
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.” 290-20 R.I. Code R. §§ 4.2. For more information, see:
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. 290-20 R.I. Code R. §§ 5.1-5.7. For more information, see:
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