27:7-44.9. Relocation of facilities
a. In addition to other powers conferred upon the Commissioner of Transportation by any other law and not in limitation thereof, the commissioner, in connection with the construction, reconstruction, maintenance or operation of any highway project, may make reasonable regulations for the installation, construction, maintenance, repair, renewal, relocation and removal of pipes, mains, conduits, cables, wires, towers, poles and other equipment and appliances, herein called "facilities," of any public utility as defined in R.S. 48:2-13, and of any cable television company as defined in the "Cable Television Act," P.L. 1972, c. 186 (C. 48:5A-1 et seq.), in, on, along, over or under any highway project. Whenever the commissioner determines that it is necessary that facilities which now are, or hereafter may be, located in, on, along, over or under any highway project shall be relocated in the project or should be removed from the project, the public utility or cable television company owning or operating the facilities shall relocate or remove the same in accordance with the order of the commissioner. The cost and expenses of such relocation or removal, including the cost of installing the facilities in a new location, or new locations, and the cost of any lands, or any rights or interests in lands, and any other rights acquired to accomplish the relocation or removal, shall be ascertained and paid by the commissioner as a part of the cost of the project. In the case of the relocation or removal of facilities, as aforesaid, the public utility or cable television company owning or operating the same, its successors or assigns may maintain and operate the facilities, with the necessary appurtenances, in the new location or new locations for as long a period, and upon the same terms and conditions, as it had the right to maintain and operate the facilities in the former location or locations.
b. As used in this act, "highway project," in addition to its ordinary meaning, means one which is administered and contracted for by the commissioner.
c. The powers conferred upon the commissioner by this section also are conferred upon the governing body of any county having under its jurisdiction a limited access highway in the meaning of section 1 of P.L. 1945, c. 83 (C. 27:7A-1) with respect to the construction, reconstruction, maintenance or operation of any highway project on that limited access highway.
L. 1983, c. 283, s. 1; amended 1984, c.87 s.2, 1989, c. 32, s. 12.
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