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Permits and Inspections - Street Cut Permit

IDOT Road & Bridge Construction Specifications
Wood River Zoning Ordinance
All applicable Local, State or Federal Guidelines or Regulations


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.


Safety Requirements

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 & Zoning Department.


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 high, minimum.


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 determination.


Flagging tape is required in areas of sidewalk excavation.


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 the Engineer.


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 apply.


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 applicant.


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 & Zoning Department.




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