South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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S. 401

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General Bill
Sponsors: Senators Campbell and Scott
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Introduced in the Senate on January 22, 2019
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Transportation

Summary: Highway system construction

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   1/22/2019  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 9)
   1/22/2019  Senate  Referred to Committee on Transportation 
                        (Senate Journal-page 9)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

1/22/2019

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A BILL

TO AMEND ARTICLE 5, CHAPTER 5, TITLE 57 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM, BY ADDING SECTION 57-5-880, TO PROVIDE THAT AN ENTITY UNDERTAKING A TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT SHALL BEAR THE COSTS RELATED TO RELOCATING WATER AND SEWER LINES, TO PROVIDE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR UTILITIES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR RELOCATION PAYMENTS, AND TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMS.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Article 5, Chapter 5, Title 57 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 57-5-880.    (A)    For the purposes of this section:

(1)    'Betterment' means any upgrade to a facility being relocated that is made solely for the benefit of the public water system and that is not attributable to the improvement, construction, reconstruction, or alteration of roads, streets, or highways undertaken by the department.

(2)    'Costs related to relocating water and sewer lines' means the amount attributable to the relocation, less the amount of any betterment made to the system. Costs related to relocating water and sewer lines include, but are not limited to, right-of-way acquisition to accommodate the relocated utility, if in the best interests of the transportation improvement project, design, engineering, permitting, removal, installation, inspection, materials, and labor costs.

(3)    'Large public sewer utility' means a public sewer utility that does not meet the definition of a small public sewer utility.

(4)    'Large public water utility' means a public water utility that does not meet the definition of a small public water utility.

(5)    'Public highway system' means:

(a)    the state highway system as defined in Section 57-5-10;

(b)    roads, streets, and highways under the jurisdiction of a county or municipality; and

(c)    bridges, tunnels, overpasses, underpasses, interchanges, and other similar facilities located throughout the State.

(6)    'Public sewer system' means a sewer system that provides sewer services to the public and that is publicly owned or owned by a private, not-for-profit entity as defined in Title 33, Chapter 31.

(7)    'Public water system' means, for the purposes of this chapter, any publicly owned or privately owned not-for-profit, as defined in Chapter 31, Title 33, waterworks system that provides water, whether piped or delivered through some other constructed conveyance, for human consumption, including the source of supply, whether the source of supply is of surface or subsurface origin.

(8)    'Relocating' or 'relocated' means an adjustment necessitated by a transportation improvement project of a public water system or public sewer system facility by removing and reinstalling the facility; a move, rearrangement, or change of the type of existing facilities; necessary safety and protective measures; or the construction of a replacement facility that is both functionally equivalent to, but not including any betterment of, the existing facility that is necessary for the continuous operation of the system's service.

(9)    'Small public sewer utility' means a public sewer utility that has ten thousand or fewer sewer connections and that serves a population of thirty thousand or less. In determining whether a public utility offering water or sewer services qualifies as a small utility, the number of water taps and sewer connections shall be counted separately and shall not be combined.

(10)    'Small public water utility' means a public water utility that has ten thousand or fewer water taps and that serves a population of thirty thousand or less. In determining whether a public utility offering water or sewer services qualifies as a small utility, the number of water taps and sewer connections shall be counted separately and shall not be combined.

(11)    'Transportation improvement project' or 'project' means a permanent improvement, construction, reconstruction, or alteration to the public highway system undertaken by a state or local government entity, or a political subdivision.

(B)(1)    An entity undertaking a transportation improvement project must bear the costs, according to the schedule prescribed in subsections (C) and (D), related to relocating water and sewer lines:

(a)    that are maintained and operated by a public water system or a public sewer system and are located within the rights-of-way for a transportation improvement project; and

(b)    that must be relocated to undertake the project.

(2)    To be eligible for payment of the relocation costs, the relocation must be placed under the control of the general contractor for the transportation improvement project, unless the public water or public sewer system opts out of placing the relocation under the control of the general contractor according to subsection (F).

(3)    To be eligible for payment of the relocation, the public water or public sewer utility must meet the bidding and construction schedule established by the entity undertaking the transportation improvement project, such as design conferences and submittal of all relocation drawings and bid documents. Failure to meet the schedule requirements shall result in the utility having to bear all relocation costs, except when the delay is due to an event beyond the control of the utility.

(C)    For a small public water utility or a small public sewer utility, the transportation improvement project shall bear all of the relocation costs, including design costs.

(D)    Subject to subsection (E), for a large public water utility or a large public sewer utility, the transportation improvement project shall bear all of the relocation costs, including design costs, up to four percent of the original construction bid amount of the transportation improvement project. Should more than one large public water utility or large public sewer utility be required to relocate by a single transportation improvement project, the total cost share of up to four percent under this section shall be divided pro rata among the large public water or public sewer utilities required to relocate under the project.

(E)    For a transportation improvement project that impacts both a large public utility and a small public utility, the entity undertaking the transportation improvement must pay all of the small public utility's relocation costs, without limitation. The entity must also pay up to four and one-half percent, minus the costs of the small public utility's relocation costs, of the original construction bid amount of the transportation improvement project toward the large public utility's relocation costs.

(F)    A large public water utility or a large public sewer utility may choose not to have the relocation placed under the control of the general contractor, provided that a memorandum of agreement outlining meeting requirements and other milestones that the public utility must meet is agreed upon by the entity undertaking the transportation improvement project, the general contractor, and the public utility. A decision by the large public water utility or large public sewer utility to not have the relocations placed under the control of the general contractor must be communicated in writing to the entity undertaking the transportation improvement project prior to the initiation of preliminary engineering for the project. Failure to meet the memorandum of agreement requirements and schedule shall result in the utility having to bear all relocation costs.

(G)    Nothing herein shall prohibit or limit payment by a transportation improvement project for the relocation of public water or public sewer lines necessary for the transportation improvement project when a public utility has a prior right to situate the water or sewer lines in their present location."

SECTION    2.    This act shall apply to all transportation improvement projects for which no more than twenty-five percent of preliminary engineering funds have been spent as of the effective date of this act.

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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