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The state Department of Transportation has issued a warning to Rochester Telephone Corp. for failing to have permits that are required when working near state highways, a DOT official said.
On several recent occasions, Rochester Tel work crews had either inaccurate or expired permits, or they were not carrying copies of the appropriate documents, said Carla Melville, assistant to the DOT regional director in Rochester.

DOT warns Rochester Tel

The state Department of Transportation has issued a warning to Rochester Telephone Corp. for failing to have permits that are required when working near state highways, a DOT official said.
On several recent occasions, Rochester Tel work crews had either inaccurate or expired permits, or they were not carrying copies of the appropriate documents, said Carla Melville, assistant to the DOT regional director in Rochester. DOT permits are needed when working near state highways, whether on the road or on the right-of-way.
A stop-work order was issued earlier this month to Rochester Tel crews working on state highways in Ontario County. Last week, DOT officials met with Rochester Tel management to address the issue, Melville said.
This week, at the company’s request, DOT officials are holding a training session for supervisors at the firm’s facility on Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road. The session will review DOT rules and regulations, Melville said.
In addition to training, Rochester Tel has agreed to order the required road signs it needs when working on a highway’s right of way. And the firm has said it will make sure its work crews have copies of DOT permits, Melville said.
“We anticipate full cooperation from (Rochester Tel),” she said. “But time will tell.”
“It’s a problem we run across all the time,” Melville added, and not just with Rochester Tel. Other utilities and cable TV companies in the region have been issued warnings by DOT officials, too, she said.

RBJ Daily 6-26-96

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