Trench-Identifying Pavement Markers
In an effort to more efficiently distinguish ownership of paved trenches in the City, the Department of Public Works employs a pavement marker program. The program involves the installation of color coded pavement markers that are assigned to different areas of work:
DPW Water – BLUE
DPW Sewer – GREEN
DPW Highway/Drainage – WHITE
DPW Capital – PURPLE
DPW Street Opening Permit Inspector – ORANGE (Temporary pavement remaining minimum 120 days) RED (Permanent pavement)
The markers will display the year the work was completed, which along with specific color, will more easily allow staff to identify the specific project the trench was dug for. This program allows for a more transparent process and overall enhanced restoration results.
- Low-cost and high-value benefits to enable easy identification of trenching ownership with or without having to search through street opening permits.
- Facilitates quicker and reduced Department resource efforts to track down trench ownership and efforts to respond to any reported resident or internal inquiry associated with any paving defects.
- Promotes transparent and efficient way of conducting business, benefitting both the City workforce and residents of Framingham.
Marker Installation Guidelines
Each respective Division is responsible for the installation of the applicable color-coded pavement markers for all trenching and paving restoration work completed. The approximate location placement of markers shall be made as follows:
Spot trench work requires two markers placed at opposite diagonal trench corner points.
Long trench relay or replacement work requires a minimum of three markers (additional markers can be added at the discretion of the inspector/supervisor/project manager/resident engineer). Place one marker at the beginning, approximate middle, and end points, all on the approximate centerline of trench width.
Lateral (service or main) work, requires a minimum of one marker (additional markers can be added at the discretion of the inspector/supervisor/project manager/resident engineer). Locate one marker at the edge of roadway or sidewalk, as applicable, on the approximate center line of the trench width.
Spot box or casting work not associated with long or lateral trench work require 1 marker installed at a corner of the trench patch. Example: