Interim RW Certification Forms (13-A & 13-B)

Local Assistance Right of Way Certification forms (LAPM Exhibits 13-A and 13-B) were recently updated to reflect MAP-21 and Buy America requirements for utility relocations and agreements.

The “Status of Required Utility Relocations” sections of both Exhibits 13-A and 13-B were revised to include the following items.

Screen Shot - 13-A

Revision to Section 5 of Short Form Right of Way Certification (LAPM Exhibit 13-A)

Revision to Section 6 of Right of Way Certification (LAPM Exhibit 13-B)

Revision to Section 6 of Right of Way Certification (LAPM Exhibit 13-B)

Additionally, the “Certification” section of Exhibit 13-B was revised:

Revision to Section 13 of Right of Way Certification (LAPM Exhibit 13-B)

Revision to Section 13 of Right of Way Certification (LAPM Exhibit 13-B)

To streamline the review of your Right of Way Certification and  construction authorization request, be sure to use the current version (May 1, 2013) of these forms in your submittals.

For additional information about Buy America, check out my last post.

About David Giongco

David is a registered civil engineer with the Caltrans Division of Local Assistance. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter and at LinkedIn.

3 thoughts on “Interim RW Certification Forms (13-A & 13-B)

  1. Good information, David – are the utilities aware of this for local assistance projects? It seems that they have not been willing in the past to make any real committments for anything to the local agencies. Can a local agency bid a project without a Buy America committment from a utilitiy?

    • I’m not knowledgeable as to what efforts have been made to let utility companies know, but the requirement went into effect with MAP-21 this past October.

      The quick answer to your second questions is “no” …

      If a utility relocation is subject to Buy America provisions, but is not reflected appropriately in an executed utility agreement, the RW Cert will be considered Non-Compliant. If that’s the case, a project cannot be advertised until it’s compliant (i.e. the utility agreement is executed). The 13-A and 13-B were revised to document this.

      I understand that the revised forms have not addressed the challenges project sponsors are having with utility agreements, but that’s all I know at this time and can share. If other subscribers are able to provide more info, please consider contributing in the comment section so that all site visitors can benefit. This topic is still being discussed and I’ll do my best to post what I learn.

      Frances – thank you for the continued discussion and support of my site!

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