The mission of the UPROW Committee is to provide education and information that will raise awareness and promote the best use of the public rights-of-way for the public good to provide a forum where stakeholders can come together to discuss common issues and best management practces that will pomote the peaceful integraton of all users and stakeholders within the public rights-of-way.

A message from Vic Bianes, Utility and Public Right-of-Way Committee Chair, 2014-2015

 
At times, we can find ourselves “between a rock and a hard space”.  As our rights-of-way and utility corridors become more congested due to urbanization and the need to upgrade our aging infrastructure, more pressing, it becomes increasingly challenging to install and maintain utilities in the rights-of-ways.  This clearly can be seen in this historic New York Transit Museum photo.

It is our responsibility as Public Works Professionals to be the stewards of the right-of-way to insure sustainable utilization of the public rights-of-way in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws. 

APWA’s Utility and Public Right-of-Way Committee (UPROW) is actively working by identifying new resources, state-of-the art technology, and innovative approaches to assist managers, users, contractors, and elected officials in the ongoing formulation of public policy, local and state ordinances, and identifying best practices for the management of public rights-of-way.

This year UPROW will focus on two main objectives: the development of the Right-of-Way Manager Credential and building partnerships with other professional organizations as we identify common areas of interest.

This effort cannot be done without your participation.  If you are interested in matters related to utilities or rights-of-way, we encourage you to get involved in one of our five subcommittees.  These subcommittees are:
  • Right of Way Management
  • Construction Practices/ Gas Industry Right of Way
  •  Damage Prevention
  •  Locating
  • Abandoned Utilities
Help give back to the industry and make a difference in Public Works by becoming a member on one of the subcommittees.  To hear more about how you can get started, contact staff liaison Carol Estes at (816) 595-5222 or cestes@apwa.net.

Vic Bianes, PE
Utility and Public Right-of-Way Chair, 2014-2015