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Is the new ROWORR important? You bet your assets

How long do contractors have to wait before digging into new pavement? If crews are working on a brick street, must they restore the work area with bricks when they’re done, or can they use another street material?

These questions and more, were answered in a series of public workshops on SDOT’s new Right-of-Way Opening and Restoration Rule, or ROWORR. The new rule is already doing its job to help protect shared public assets. How? We’re glad you asked.

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The ROWORR, adopted on January 1, updates the requirements that construction-related permit holders must meet when restoring openings on public property. Nearly 200 people attended three workshops aimed at helping contractors, utilities, construction firms, women and minority businesses, partner agencies and others, to better understand and meet the requirements of the new rule.

At each workshop, our staff answered questions about everything from temporary patches to full sidewalk restoration. Many more people who could not attend the workshops received direct on-site presentations for their employees.


No, not that kind of roar – it’s ROWORR! Photo courtesy bhavik Thaker.

Updates include new requirements for pavement restoration timing and methods, as well as improved outlining of ADA accessibility requirements. With proper coordination and planning, these updates can help contractors, utilities, developers, and the public all save time and money.

Questions about the ROWORR? Check out our workshop presentation, email us at or give us a call at 206-684-5253.

We’re here to protect your public assets!