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In government, we have a lot of acronyms, but they are helpful because we use them to talk more efficiently about long-titled policies. Right up there with the longest acronyms is the new ROWORR, the Right-of-Way Opening and Restoration Rule. This new rule replaces the Pavement Opening and Restoration Rule (PORR) and applies to work that digs into public right-of-way property, which is more than just pavement.

Included in the ROWORR:

  • Changes to the final restoration timeframes
  • Clearer ADA guidance
  • Restoration requirements for Green Stormwater Infrastructure
  • Changes to pavement restoration requirements

SU - ROWORR workshop 1The ROWORR helps protect the city assets we all share. To help keep people moving, we’ve been holding workshops with contractors, utility organizations, construction firms, women and minority businesses, partner agencies, and others.

Questions that came up:

  • Do we have to replace the sidewalk on every frontage? Yes, if it’s within the curb radius; Within a 25’ radius on arterials, all curb ramps must be brought to code.
  • How long can a temporary patch remain? Five years, if it’s up to specifications
  • Do small patches trigger a panel replacement? If a necessary patch is within 5 feet of another one, the full panel must be replaced.
  • Is there a minimum cut to avoid panel replacement? No. However, if the cut is on a ‘failed’ street, the replacement can be done in asphalt.

If any of this sounds like it relates to work you do, email us to learn more. Or visit the new ROWORR web page for details.

Thanks for working together to keep Seattle vibrant!