Seismic Explorations in MDOT Right-of-Way
Seismic exploration may be individually permitted by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in Free Access Right-of-Way by using the drill method, blast method, or vibroseis method. No other method shall be allowed. Only temporary placement of cable crossings shall be permitted in Limited Access Right-of-Way. Seismic exploration may not be completed using an annual permit. Annual permits shall only be used for transverse cable crossings in Free Access Right-of-Way.
Applicants must submit an individual permit application through the Construction Permit System (CPS) with the following:
- Individual performance bond in the amount of $50,000; required for each permitted activity
- Certificate of Insurance
- Specific method of operation (including the minimum depth of hole)
- Letter from adjacent property owner with signature providing authorization when operations are proposed in Easement Right-of-Way
For more information on the Construction Permit process, click here.