Title 11DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONSubtitle 04 STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATIONChapter 06.01 Residential Entrance Permits and Chapter 06.02 Residential Entrance PermitsAUTHORITY: Transportation Article, Sec. 2-103(b); 8-202(b)(2)(i); 8-203(a); and 8-204(b), (c), (i);Annotated Code of Maryland
Do not undertake work within the State right of way until a permit is issued by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA).
Submit an application in duplicate (in the form prescribed in this chapter) on forms provided by MDOT SHA.
If the proposed entrance is substantially similar to typical entrance designs available from MDOT SHA (the example shown in Section 3), plans are not required. Indicate the number of the appropriate plan on the application form. If plans are required, submit three copies drawn to an appropriate scale (recommended scale is 1 inch = 20 feet).
Relocate all utilities that are within the paving and in front of the curbs to be constructed under the permit. You must obtain, from the appropriate party or agency, all other permits or approvals necessary to conform to the requirements of the permit.
MDOT SHA charges an engineering fee for each point of access and offsite improvement beyond the first point of access. The fee will be waived for the first access to a single residential property.
All work and materials must conform to MDOT SHA construction specifications, standards, and addenda current at the time of the permit grant.
All work is subject to periodic inspection and final approval by MDOT SHA.
MDOT SHAT will grant the number and location of entrances based on usage, interior and exterior traffic patterns, and current MDOT SHA design policy.
Ingress and egress point connected by a common driveway require a minimum frontage of 100 feet.
The minimum width of a residential entrance is 10 feet, and the maximum width is 20 feet, unless otherwise permitted by the district engineer. An exception will be indicated in a permit, signed by the district engineer.
Existing sidewalks, curbs, and gutters disturbed by construction must be replaced in kind to the alignment and grade specified by authorized MDOT SHA personnel.
You must maintain positive drainage. Minimum pipe size is 18 inches or equivalent elliptical pipe. An end section or end walls, required by the resident maintenance engineer, must be installed at the ends of the pipe. All pipes must be State approved or certified. Locate drainage pipes as far as practicable from the edge of the traveled way to reduce the hazard to traffic. The minimum desirable distance is 30 feet. Where pipe headwalls or other physical obstructions are placed within the clear zone, protect them with guardrails or another appropriate barrier system.
If the roadway is on an embankment and the roadway is not provided with an existing standard traffic barrier along the roadway embankment, the driveway or embankment side slope shall be as flat as possible to reduce the hazard to traffic. The minimum desirable embankment side slope shall be 10:1 within 30 feet of the edge of the traveled lane or to the right-of-way line, whichever is less.
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