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Section 5: Closures of State Right of Way

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Policy

Texas Administrative Code, Rule §22.12, established rules and procedures for the temporary closure of a segment of the state highway system, and agreements have been developed in accordance with those rules and procedures. Agreements are not required for certain situations such as routine traffic control or competitive bicycle races that do not completely restrict vehicular traffic in one or both directions. Routine traffic control is defined as the handling of events which last no more than four hours at one location and no more than nine consecutive total hours for moving events. Examples of these events include parades, marches, and other such events, and use authorized law enforcement personnel who accept the responsibility for traffic control.

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Incorporated Agreement

On the occasion of a special event, a city may enter into an agreement with TxDOT, authorizing the city to temporarily close a portion of the state highway right of way. State highway right of way is defined as the right of way of a highway designated as part of the state highway system. The special event will be located within the city's incorporated area. The State, in recognition of the public purpose of the event, wishes to cooperate with the city so long as the safety and convenience of the traveling public is ensured and that the closure of the state's right-of-way will be performed within the state's requirements. These types of closures may be requested using the form TEA30A "Agreement for the Temporary Closure of State Right of Way." A multi-year agreement is available for events that occur annually and do not change substantially from year to year.

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Unincorporated Agreement

For special events located outside a city's incorporated area, the group wishing to temporarily close a portion of the state highway right of way must also enter into an agreement with TxDOT. These types of closures may be requested using the form Form TEA29A, "Agreement for the Temporary Closure of State Right-of-Way (Unincorporated)." A multi-year agreement is available for events that occur annually and do not change substantially from year to year.

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Guidelines

The district engineer must approve temporary closure agreements. The same basic guidelines apply when considering closure agreements for both incorporated and unincorporated areas. For more information about these agreements, see Road Closure Agreements in Chapter 13 of the Contract Management Manual.

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