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Section 2: Types of Work Not Requiring a Letter Agreement

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Striping and Street Sweeping

Since this type of work is performed with a moving vehicle, a letter agreement is not required with the railroad company.

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Removing Rail Line Not on Railroad Right-of-Way

Since work is not on railroad right-of-way, a letter of notification is provided as courtesy if the railroad company formerly operating on the line is known.

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Maintenance Work on an Overpass

Any work on top of an overpass which does not protrude over the side of the bridge does not require a letter agreement. The District is encouraged to contact TRF-RSS to issue a courtesy letter to the railroad company of the impending work.

If, however, repair is required on the bridge barrier, or if equipment is required over the edge of the bridge such that equipment or parts could fall onto the railroad tracks or vertical clearance is reduced, a letter agreement may be required.

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Maintenance Work at an Underpass

If work is performed on a roadway underpass underneath a railroad bridge, a letter agreement is typically not needed. The District is encouraged to contact TRF-RSS to issue a courtesy letter to the railroad company of the impending work. However, the following exceptions apply:

  • If an overlay will reduce vertical clearance, a letter agreement will be required which clarifies the existing and new vertical clearance.
  • If signs are to be replaced on the underpass bridge to reflect the new vertical clearance, a letter agreement will be required and a contractor will be required to enter into a Right-of-Entry Agreement with the railroad company.
  • If any changes are being made to barrier protection of piers, or if embankment is being modified to accommodate new lanes or sidewalks, design approval will be required from the railroad company and a letter agreement will be required.
  • If environmental abatement or painting is being performed on the piers, environmental approval may be required from the railroad company in the form of a Right-of-Entry Agreement.
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