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VULNERABILITY OF CAMPUS COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

Telecommunications maintains an extensive cable plant (wireless, underground and aerial copper and fiber).  There have been many instances of the communications infrastructure being damaged because the location of our cable plant was not researched before excavation occurred.  Not only can this cause additional expense to the campus because of cabling having to be replaced, it can also cause the loss of service on Blue Light or courtesy phones which will not be available in an emergency.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROCEDURE FOR WRITTEN CLEARANCE TO DIG ON THE CAMPUS OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW PALTZ

I. General Requirements

Most of the campus’ Telecommunications distribution system is underground.  Any trenching, excavation, or digging operation in an area with buried cables poses a potential hazard to safety and property.  

  • Clearance must be applied for anytime the ground is penetrated, irrespective of the breadth or depth of the penetration. 
  • The person, contractor, agency or organization that will be performing the trenching, excavation, drilling or digging activity is responsible for requesting and obtaining written clearance to perform that activity from Telecommunications Resources and Infrastructure Services.
  • Telecommunications Resources and Infrastructure Services is responsible for approving requests and for retaining records of clearance.

II. Procedure

  • The applicant for clearance must call the Assistant Director of Telecommunications (845-257-3993), who is responsible for issuing clearance, to request a meeting at least 48 hours in advance. The applicant must present a sketch or drawing showing the location of the proposed work.  Additionally, information such as the dimensions of an excavation or the depth of a borehole must be included.
  • After the Telecommunications receives an application, a representative from Telecommunications will mark the all cable locations, underground or other.  The representative will then notify the applicant that the marking has been completed.  This notification could be immediate or may require research and therefore will be more lengthy.     
  • No work activity covered by clearance may take place until the applicant receives the completed application from Telecommunications.
  • The clearance must be available for inspection at the work site for the duration of the proposed work.
  • If the work extends beyond the clearance expiration date or the cable locates are no longer visible, the applicant must request an extension or remarking from Telecommunications.
If at any time the holder of the permit discovers lines that are not marked or represented where expected, Telecommunications must be notified immediately.