Street Works Manual

Glossary of Acronyms and Terms

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311
New York City’s call-in system for government information and non-emergency services.

A

Administrative Code
The Administrative Code of the City of New York.
ASHO
Administrative Superintendent of Highway Operations, a position within NYC DOT’s Roadway Repair and Maintenance division.

B

Block Segment
The linear stretch of the street between the curb lines of the cross streets that intersect such block. [*]
BPP
Builder’s Pavement Plan, issued by DOB.
Building Vault
Any opening below the surface of the street that projects beyond the property line and is covered over. [**]
The Bureau
NYC DOT's Bureau of Permit Management and Construction Control.

C

Canopy
A supported cover, usually made of fabric, located over the sidewalk and held up by poles installed into the sidewalk.
CAR
The term “corrective action request” or “CAR” means a formal notice by the Department that work performed and/or a condition created or maintained on a street is in violation of these rules or other applicable law with a request that action be taken by the person to whom such notice is addressed to correct the work and/or the condition so described. [*]
CGL
Commercial General Liability insurance, required for a permittee registration application.
Critical Street
A location where construction will significantly impact pedestrians, motorists, and bicyclists.

D

DCA
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.
DCP
New York City Department of City Planning.
DDC
New York City Department of Design and Construction.
DEC
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
DEP
New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
Design Commission (PDC)
Public Design Commission of New York City.
DOB
New York City Department of Buildings.
DoITT
New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications.
DOTMap
is NYC DOT's presentation of mapped data within New York City's NYCityMap website. It can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.nyc.gov/dotmap.

E

EAN
Emergency Authorization Number.
EAU
NYC DOT Emergency Authorization Unit.
ECB
New York City Environmental Control Board.
EDC
New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Embargo Period
A period of time during which street work (except for emergency work) is temporarily suspended due to a holiday, special event or other significant activity, as designated by NYC DOT. [*]
Emergency
A situation endangering the public safety or causing or likely to cause the imminent interruption of service required by law, contract or franchise to be continuously maintained. [*]
Emergency Work
Work necessary to correct a situation endangering the public safety or causing or likely to cause the imminent interruption of service required by law, contract or franchise to be continuously maintained (for example, by a government agency, a public utility, a franchisee). Such term shall not include work on new construction, regrades of existing hardware, continuation of an existing permit that has expired or will expire imminently or any other work that is not necessary to correct a condition to cause such imminent interruption. [*]

F

FDNY
New York City Fire Department.
FHWA
United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.
Finance
New York City Department of Finance.
Fiscal Year
The city’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

G

Guarantee Period
Is the period of time that the street restoration must be maintained by the entity that performed the street work.

H

HIQA
NYC DOT’s Highway Inspection and Quality Assurance unit is responsible for inspecting construction sites for compliance with Title 19 of the NYC Administrative Code, NYC DOT Rules and Regulations, NYC DOT Specifications and NYC DOT permit stipulations.
Highway Rules
The New York City Department of Transportation Highway Rules are codified in Chapter 2 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York.
Hold
A “do not release” order that can be placed on permits or permittees to prevent the permit from being processed.

I

Intersection
The area contained within the grid created by extending the curb lines of two or more streets at the point at which they cross each other. [*]

J

JETs
Jolt-Elimination Teams from NYC DOT’s Roadway Repair and Maintenance division respond to critical or emergency work requirements.

L

LMCCC
Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center.
LPC
New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

M

Milling
Mechanical removal of asphalt from a roadway prior to resurfacing the pavement.
MTA
Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
MUTCD
the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, a publication issued by the Federal Highway Administration containing the basic principles that govern the design and use of traffic control devices for all streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public travel. http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov

N

New York 811, Inc.
(formerly DigNet and One Call Center) is a nonprofit organization that acts as a communications link between utility companies and individuals planning any digging activity in the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island so that subsurface infrastructure is “marked out” prior to excavation work to promote safe digging and protect that infrastructure. http://www.NewYork-811.com
NICA
Notice of Immediate Corrective Action.
NOV
Notice of Violation (see "summonses").
NYC DOT
New York City Department of Transportation.
NYS DOT
New York State Department of Transportation.

O

OCMC
NYC DOT Office of Construction Mitigation and Coordination.
OEM
New York City Office of Emergency Management.

P

Parks
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Permit Stipulations
Terms and conditions listed on the permit that must be followed by the permittee. Permit stipulations can include allowable days and hours for work, restrictions on street usage, and provisions for the maintenance and protection of traffic.
Permit Office
NYC DOT Office of Permit Management.
Permittee
an individual, corporation, business or other entity who secures permits for all work regulated by NYC DOT pursuant to the Highway Rules. [*]
PEU
NYC DOT Plan Examination Unit.
PM
Project Manager.
Protected Street
A street that has been resurfaced or reconstructed within five years prior to the date of application for a permit. [*]

R

Reconstruction
When the entire street, including the base and surface pavement as well as curbs, sidewalks and related street assets, is rebuilt from building line to building line.
Resurfacing
A process in which the top layer of existing asphalt is milled away (ground up and removed) and a new layer of asphalt is applied.
Roadway
That portion of a street designed, improved or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the shoulder and slope. [*]

S

SCARA
Sidewalk Curb and Roadway Application.
Sidewalk
That portion of a street between the curb lines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for the use of pedestrians. [*]
Sidewalk Flags
A square of sidewalk, typically 5’ x 5’ in size. An entire sidewalk is comprised of multiple sidewalk flags.
Specifications
The NYC DOT Standard Highway Specifications, indicating required construction materials. [*]
Standards
The NYC DOT Standard Details of Construction, which contains drawings showing required dimensions of items to be constructed. [*]
Street
A public street, avenue, road, alley, lane, highway, boulevard, concourse, parkway, driveway, culvert, sidewalk, crosswalk, boardwalk, viaduct, square or place, except those designated as marginal streets on a city map. [*]
Street Cut
See “street excavation”.
Street Excavation
Refers to any operation in which the street is cut open to install or access subsurface infrastructure.
Street Opening
See “street excavation”.
Summonses/Notices of Violation (NOVs)
Issued when there is a violation of laws, rules, regulations, specifications or stipulations.

T

Trench
A narrow excavation which Is typically greater in depth than in width.

W

Wearing Course
Generally the top 2-3+ inches of asphalt pavement (depending on the composition of the roadway base), which is designed to provide an even surface and withstand the wear of traffic.