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Re: Call before you dig
On Sat, Apr 17, 1999 at 04:10:11PM -0500, Sean Donelan wrote: > > [email protected] (Bill Woodcock) writes: > >Okay, so basically the deal was that there were a zillion (like 200) > >different "call before you dig" hotlines for different areas, and you had > >to track down the correct one, and there weren't a lot of penalties for > >not having one for an area, et cetera. Then in 1997, there was a federal > >house bill to unify it all, it carried over to 1998, and then actually > >passed around May or June sometime, as part of the Omnibus Federal > >Transportation act. The upshot of that is that there's one 888 number for > >the whole country now, and states lose a portion of their federal highway > >funds if they don't get the utilities which their PUCs regulate to > >participate in the program. > > Its still a bit early to tell if the One-Call legislation made any > difference. Only two quarters of information has been reported, and > one quarter was down, and the following quarter was up. However, there > are still a lot of cases where the excavator did call, but the utility > either didn't mark, marked the wrong place, or didn't mark all the lines. I've found this to be the case. I know folks who do a fair amount of construction work arount the kalamazoo, MI area, and they have problems with the utilities labeling everything to avoid underground power lines, etc.. > National Call Before You Dig = 888-258-0808 - Jared -- Jared Mauch | pgp key available via finger from [email protected] clue++; | http://puck.nether.net/~jared/ My statements are only mine.