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Utilities

Decorative Manhole CoverUtilities refer to water, sewer, stormwater, electrical, natural gas, and communication facilities. Utilities are often located within the pedestrian environment and can affect the pedestrian experience. Careful selection of utility locations and facility design features can reduce negative impacts utilities may have on the pedestrian environment and experience.

Utility elements can be located above grade, at grade, or below grade within the right-of-way. These elements include vaults, poles, wires, and maintenance holes. Vault and maintenance hole access lids and grates can be treated with a non-slip surface if these elements are located in an area where pedestrians are walking.

The placement of these utilities can reduce the sidewalk width or sight distance for both pedestrian and vehicles. Access to the utilities for maintenance must be considered during placement.

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