PennDOT Offers Training on New Stormwater Drainage Policies

October 2010Newsletters In the Zone

On June 24, 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) released a policy regarding who can be a Highway Occupancy Permit (HOP) applicant for stormwater facility modification or construction within Commonwealth right-of-way.

To aid the regulated community, PennDOT is offering a series of seminars and online webinars to discuss the policy’s impact to certain categories of HOPs involving driveways, surface drainage, subsurface facilities connected to existing drainage facilities that accommodate the roadway and construction of new stand-alone subsurface facilities. The presentations will cover specifically to whom PennDOT can legally issue a HOP under each category.

The major change with this policy is that PennDOT will no longer accept a developer as sole HOP applicant for proposed facilities being attached onto existing drainage facilities within the state’s right-of-way. Municipalities will now be responsible for coordinating these applications. Proposed changes to PennDOT’s Maintenance Manual Drainage Policy will also be briefly discussed during the presentation.

PennDOT encourages local government managers and engineers to attend this webinar to avoid delays in the permitting process. The presentation will be offered at various times during October 2010 in district offices throughout the Commonwealth as well as via the Internet.

For more information, please contact Robert W. Gundlach, Jr. at 215.918.3636 or [email protected].