Underground utility damage prevention; establishes restriction on conduct of trenchless excavation. (HB725)

Introduced By

Del. Michele McQuigg (R-Occoquan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Underground utility damage prevention; trenchless excavation. Establishes restrictions on the conduct of trenchless excavation. Steps required to be taken by trenchless excavators include (i) ensuring that bore equipment stakes are installed not less than 36 inches from marked utility lines; (ii) ensuring that grounding rods are installed not less than 24 inches from a buried utility line that has a marked or staked location; and (iii) ensuring that a minimum radial clearance of 12 inches is maintained between the bore path and any underground utility lines during pullback. In addition, the use of trenchless excavation is prohibited in the vicinity of buried utility lines that have not been marked or exposed. The location of utility lines in the bore path are required to be exposed by hand digging which, if the boring will parallel buried lines, shall be done at reasonable distances of not greater than 150 feet along the bore path. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 063618412
01/10/2006Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/19/2006Stricken from docket by Commerce and Labor