Permits and Inspections -
Street Cut Permit
IDOT Road & Bridge Construction Specifications
Wood River Zoning Ordinance
All applicable Local, State or Federal Guidelines or
Any work resulting in the cutting, excavation, removal, or
replacement of a City street, alley, curb, or sidewalk
requires the issuance of a permit by the Building & Zoning
Department. A separate permit is required for each cut or
excavation. A street cut permit is required for work affecting
the street surface and/or curbs and/or sidewalks. In case of
an emergency involving health or life safety issues, a cut may
be made without a permit. The applicant has 48-hours to obtain
the street cut permit after an emergency repair.
No more than one-half of the roadway can be closed at one
time. Three (3) days prior to any lane or roadway closure, a
written request must be submitted to the Building &
Barricades and signage must meet IDOT work zone standards
and placement. At night, all barricades must be illuminated
and signs must be reflective.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to locate
underground lines by calling 1-800-892-0123 (J.U.L.I.E.).
All safety precautions must be used according to OSHA and
the Illinois Department of Labor Standards.
Work site clean-up is required.
Excavated material will be stockpiled out of the movement
of traffic and pedestrians and marked by barriers three feet
In areas where excavations remain open or debris is
present overnight, protective barriers with lights
(equivalent to barricades) shall be provided. Lights will be
flashing or steady burn and shall be on at least from dusk
to dawn. Work areas longer than fifty (50) feet shall be
protected by barriers placed every five (5) feet.
If a hazard to the public exists, all excavated materials
and debris shall be removed from the right-of-way at the end
of each day’s operation. The contractor shall contact the
appropriate Building & Zoning Department for a
Flagging tape is required in areas of sidewalk
Excavated material shall also be stockpiled in a manner
that will not cause water to back up along the gutter or the
edge of pavement and will not erode.
All work shall be done in a manner that protects the
safety of the workers as well as the general public. All
rules and regulations pertaining to shoring, barricades,
traffic control, and other similar matters shall be
followed. Any safety hazard noticed by a City employee shall
be promptly corrected.
The applicant shall hold the City harmless from
liability, loss, expense, claims, demands and actions as a
condition of permitting.
Excavation and Backfill Requirements
The applicant must use proper erosion control measures.
All traffic striping and/or markings removed by
excavation work shall be replaced.
Curb cuts shall extend to the nearest full depth crack or
joint. Removal of curb or curb and gutter will be made so as
to not disturb the subbase.
Backfill shall be clean, unfrozen material, containing no
dirt or organic material. Sand shall be used and compacted
in lifts of 8" or less. The top 12" shall be of
commercially available CA-6. Compaction will be obtained
using a mechanical tamper or roller meeting the approval of
Trenched construction and backfill must provide for
restoration of the structural integrity of the road,
security against deformation, assurance the trench will not
be a drainage channel, and assurance that backfill will not
block normal drainage.
Excavation in all alleys, streets, sidewalks, curbs, and
gutters shall be formed by saw cuts to the full depth of
that particular surface.
Street cuts shall be widened a minimum of 12" on
each side of the excavation prior to placing the backfill.
In areas where concrete or concrete base courses exist,
standards as pertaining to Class B pavement patching shall
Excavations made in concrete streets or alleys shall be
filled with concrete. Concrete base and/or subbase shall be
replaced using a 6.5 bag mix. Dowels (1" x 18")
shall be grouted into the remaining adjacent pavement on
one-foot centers to a depth of nine inches.
Excavations made in bituminous or oil and chip streets or
alleys shall be repaired using hot mix bituminous, Mix
"C" or "D". When hot mix cannot be
obtained , cold patch shall be used until such time as hot
mix is available. Areas to be filled with hot mix shall be
primed according to IDOT standards.
Repairs must return the road to its original or better
condition, and must be accomplished in the least possible
time with the least disturbance.
Prior to making the street cut, the applicant will be
required to post a performance bond, cashier’s check, or
other form of security with the City. The amount of the
security deposit required will be determined by the Building
& Zoning Department and shall be of a sufficient amount to
cover the City’s expense to repair the street. If special
circumstances arise, the Building & Zoning Department may
extend the length of time the security deposit will be held.
If after the time period expires, the City has not had to
repair the street cut, the deposit will be returned to the
Utility companies and/or contractors who will be performing
a substantial number of street cuts per year will be required
to post a bond of $25,000. This bond will be renewed annually
and will be used in the event the City is required to repair
the various street cuts. The applicant will be given the
opportunity to make the needed repairs before the City will
take action. Any expenses incurred by the City will be taken
from the security deposit.
Street cut permits shall be good for 30 calendar days from
the date of issuance. An extension may be granted by the
Building & Zoning Department where unavoidable delays are
encountered. The person making the cut or excavation shall
take care to cause the least amount of damage to the adjacent
improvements or right-of-way. Work will be performed in such a
manner as to minimize inconvenience to the public and permit
passage for motorists or pedestrians.
Applicants will be issued a permit at the time of
application submittal and payment by either the Building & Zoning Department, City Clerk or Deputy City
Clerk. All applicants will pay a base fee. Any additional
charge for increase square footage cut will be billed as
needed following the inspection.
The Building & Zoning Department will conduct or
coordinate the required on-site inspections to ensure
compliance. City notification of inspection shall be during
regular business hours at least 24 hours in advance of
backfilling. Required inspections can be arranged by calling
(618) 251-3100 Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.
No inspections will be done on holidays or weekends. Roadway
repairs made without prior notification of the Building &
Zoning Department may require re-excavation and backfilling.
The applicant may also be subject to fines and other
penalties. These inspections are part of the permit fee and
are no additional charge. The City reserves the right to
inspect any development anytime to ensure compliance with all
development codes and procedures. During all inspections, the
City will only document compliance, and will make no
determination on quality of workmanship.
Letter of Completion
Upon completion of the project, the Building & Zoning
Department will issue a letter indicating the City’s final
approval within three (3) days of final inspection. All final
certificates or correspondence will be from the Building &
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