Department of Transportation

Mobility and Systems Engineering

Fiber Optic Markout Requests
Field markouts
If a review of the Fiber Optic Cable Conduit database reveals any Fiber Optic Cable or Conduit facilities, then field markouts of the underground fiber optic network are required prior to doing any work in the vicinity of those facilities. Markouts must be requested a minimum of 10 State business days prior to commencement of work and must be submitted by fully completing the Fiber Optic Markout Request Form and submit it to the respective office as specified below:
Markouts must be requested a minimum of 10 State business days prior to commencement of work

North: work in the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren

work in the counties of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth*, Ocean, and Salem
*except for markouts on Route 9 which will be completed by Traffic Operations North

Penta Communications: for work along the following sections of highways, in addition to submitting this form to the respective North or South office, you must also notify the One-Call service at 1-800-272-1000:

  • Route 1 northbound Milepost (MP) 6.66 to 6.76
  • Route 38 MP 0.5 to 9.5
  • Route 42 MP 6.3 to 13.2
  • Route 70 MP 0.0 to 5.4
  • I-80 MP 54.7 to 68.3
  • I-195 MP 0.06 to 6.25
  • I-295 MP 40.6 to 76.56
  • Mercer County Route 579 (Bear Tavern Road) MP 2.21 to 3.11
  • Mercer County Route 634 (West Upper Ferry Road) MP 1.17 to 1.46
  • Mercer County Route 634 (Parkway Avenue) MP 1.46 to 2.67
  • Intersection of Parkway Avenue (Mercer County Route 634) at Lower Ferry Road into the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Headquarters.
An automatic response will be generated to the requestor when the form has been received and the requestor will be notified when the markouts have been completed. The requestor is required to maintain the markouts until their work is completed. For requests that exceed one mile in length provide for an additional two days time for each additional mile of markout requested. Additional time may be required if the fiber is within the limits of an active construction project to allow for coordination with the Resident Engineer and respective contractor. If the requested markout is in an active travel lane(s), or if it is determined by the markout crew that there is not a sufficient safety buffer from the traveled way, the requestor is responsible for providing the lane closure in accordance with NJDOT lane closure details without any reimbursement for the cost from the state, regardless of the purpose of the markouts.

Designers are to use the as-built plans in the development of projects and request markouts only when test pits are being done in areas identified as a potential conflict. Designers should note that relocation of fiber optic cables may require a significant length of relocation to ensure proper connectivity.

The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) infrastructure inventory includes conduits that are labeled for future fiber use. Markout requests for these conduits shall also be made to ensure these are not adversely impacted by proposed work.

Other infrastructures

Before performing any work within NJDOT Right of Way areas, please contact NJDOT about anti-icing systems, traffic counting devices, weather stations, and weigh-in-motion systems.

Last updated date: December 22, 2023 8:58 AM