TITLE 26

Public Utilities

CHAPTER 11. STEAM, HEAT AND POWER CORPORATIONS


(a)(1) Every corporation organized under the provisions of Chapter 1 of Title 8 for the purpose of producing or distributing steam, heat and power, in addition to the powers conferred upon corporations generally, may lay the necessary pipes and conduits beneath the public roads, highways, streets, avenues and alleys in this State.

(2) Such pipes and conduits shall be laid at least 3 feet below the surface of the same and shall not in anywise unnecessarily obstruct or interfere with public travel or damage public or private property.

(3) The consent of the council, town commissioners or other persons having control over the public roads, highways, streets, avenues and alleys of the city, town and district wherein or through which it is contemplated to lay such pipes and conduits beneath such public roads, highways, streets, avenues or alleys shall first, and as a condition precedent, be obtained before any such public roads, highways, streets, avenues or alleys are disturbed, opened or dug up. Such consent of the council or town commissioners shall be by ordinance of such council or commissioners duly adopted, or of such persons having control over the public roads or highways, by resolution adopted at a meeting to be held not less than 30 days after notice thereof has been given by notices posted up in 5 of the most public places on the public road or highway which is proposed to be used for such purposes.

(b)(1) Such use of public roads, highways or streets, avenues and alleys in any of the cities, towns or districts of this State shall be subject to such terms, regulations and restrictions as may be imposed by the council, town commissioners or other persons having control over the public roads and highways of the district, and the portions of the surface of the roads, highways, streets, avenues and alleys disturbed in laying the pipes shall be immediately restored to their original condition and any pavements which are removed for the purpose of laying or repairing the pipes shall be restored to as good condition as they were previously thereto and so maintain the same for 6 months after the completion of the work.

(2) In case of failure on the part of the corporation to so maintain and restore the pavements, the street commissioner or other officer having supervision of the streets may properly restore and maintain the same, and the costs thereof may be recovered by the city or town from the corporation in any court of competent jurisdiction.

21 Del. Laws, c. 273, § 99; 22 Del. Laws, c. 166, § 17; Code 1915, § 2042; Code 1935, § 2186; 26 Del. C. 1953, § 1101.;

Every corporation organized under the provisions of Chapter 1 of Title 8, in laying any pipes or conduits in any of the public roads, highways, streets, avenues and alleys to be used for conveying steam, heat or power shall lay the same at a distance not less than 3 feet, if possible, from the outside of any water or gas pipe already laid, except in cases where it is necessary that the pipes or conduits cross any such water or gas pipe, and there such pipes or conduits shall be at least 12 inches distant from the outside of any water or gas pipe already laid.

21 Del. Laws, c. 273, § 100; 22 Del. Laws, c. 166, § 17; Code 1915, § 2043; Code 1935, § 2187; 26 Del. C. 1953, § 1102.;