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Government Code - GOV

TITLE 1. GENERAL [100 - 7931.000]

  ( Title 1 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )


  ( Division 5 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

CHAPTER 3.1. Protection of Underground Infrastructure [4215 - 4216.24]

  ( Heading of Chapter 3.1 amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 928, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 1. Public Utility Protection in Public Contracts [4215- 4215.]
  ( Heading of Article 1 added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 928, Sec. 2. )


In any contract to which a public agency as defined in Section 4401 is a party, the public agency shall assume the responsibility, between the parties to the contract, for the timely removal, relocation, or protection of existing main or trunkline utility facilities located on the site of any construction project that is a subject of the contract, if such utilities are not identified by the public agency in the plans and specifications made a part of the invitation for bids. The contract documents shall include provisions to compensate the contractor for the costs of locating, repairing damage not due to the failure of the contractor to exercise reasonable care, and removing or relocating such utility facilities not indicated in the plans and specifications with reasonable accuracy, and for equipment on the project necessarily idled during such work. The contract documents shall include provisions that the contractor shall not be assessed liquidated damages for delay in completion of the project, when such delay was caused by the failure of the public agency or the owner of the utility to provide for removal or relocation of such utility facilities.

Nothing herein shall be deemed to require the public agency to indicate the presence of existing service laterals or appurtenances whenever the presence of such utilities on the site of the construction project can be inferred from the presence of other visible facilities, such as buildings, meter and junction boxes, on or adjacent to the site of the construction; provided, however, nothing herein shall relieve the public agency from identifying main or trunklines in the plans and specifications.

Nothing herein shall preclude the public agency from pursuing any appropriate remedy against the utility for delays which are the responsibility of the utility.

Nothing herein shall be construed to relieve the utility from any obligation as required either by law or by contract to pay the cost of removal or relocation of existing utility facilities.

If the contractor while performing the contract discovers utility facilities not identified by the public agency in the contract plans or specifications, he shall immediately notify the public agency and utility in writing.

The public utility, where they are the owner, shall have the sole discretion to perform repairs or relocation work or permit the contractor to do such repairs or relocation work at a reasonable price.

(Amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 846.)

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