As per the Iowa Administrative Code, utility facilities may be placed within Primary Road System right of way. The Iowa DOT strives to coordinate, cooperate and communicate with our utility stakeholders. We do so by providing leadership, technical assistance and guidance on accommodation, permits, adjustments, relocations, agreements, and billings. These activities fall into one of the following categories: utility accommodation or utility coordination (see below).
The placement, adjustment and maintenance of utility facilities in, on, above or below the primary highway right of way is detailed within the Utility Policy (see below). The Traffic and Safety Bureau administers this policy based on these considerations:
Safety of motorists, pedestrians, construction workers, and other highway users.
- Integrity of the highway roadbed/right of way and the highway’s intended use and function.
- Protection of the rights of the traveling public.
- Cost to the taxpayers supporting the highway system and the rate payers supporting the utility system.
Approval of an accommodation is dependent upon sufficient room within the right of way for additional utility facilities.