One Call Law Makes Utility Firms Liable for Mis-Marked Lines

Wed April 06, 2005 - Northeast Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

New Jersey Gov. Dick Codey, has signed legislation, initiated by the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association (UTCA), that makes utility companies financially liable to contractors when utility services are mis-marked or not marked and contractors are delayed. This is the first time that under New Jersey’s One Call Law contractors will be reimbursed for “down time” and other costs caused by utility companies.

UTCA representatives developed the new One Call legislation over the past two years and identified Senator Joseph Doria and Assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo as legislative sponsors of the bill. Several meetings were held with representatives of New Jersey utility companies, State League of Municipalities, municipal engineers and Governor’s Office representatives in the final negotiations regarding the provisions of the legislation that became law.

Over the years, contractors have experienced numerous delays and added costs in performing construction when utility companies failed to mark out or mis-marked existing utilities. One of the purposes of the new law is to encourage utility companies, or their representatives, to give serious consideration to their responsibility when marking out their services.

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