Marking Terms

MARKING TERMS

The following marking terms can be utilized when completing your locate request to help describe the area to be located.

A. CENTER LANE(S) – On a four lane street, the two lanes at the center of the pavement.

B. CUL DE SAC STREET – A local street open at one end with a special provision for turning around.

C. CULVERT – Any pipe or structure under a roadway or driveway to facilitate drainage of surface (not pictured).

D. CURB LANE(S)– Traffic or parking lane immediately adjacent to the curb.

E. CURB TO CURB
 – The paved area of a road right-of-way between the two curb lines.

F. CURB TO PROPERTY LINE – The area between the curb and the front property line including the terrace and/or the sidewalk.

G. CURB LINE
 – The point where the curb meets the edge of the street pavement.


H. EASEMENT
 – A right to use or control the property of another for designated purposes (not pictured).  


I. FRONTAGE ROAD
 – A local street or road auxiliary to and located on the side of an arterial highway for service to abutting property and adjacent areas and for control of access.

J. FRONT LOT LINE – (Same as the street right-of-way line.)  The property line adjacent to the street right-of-way.

K. HIGHWAY
 – A public way for the purpose of vehicular travel, including the entire area within the highway right-of-way.


L. INTERSECTION
– The general area where two or more highways join or cross, within which are included the roadway and roadside lines for traffic movements in that area.

M. INTERCHANGE – A system of interconnecting roadways in conjunction with one or more grade separations providing for the movement of traffic between two or more roadways on different levels (not pictured).

N. LONG SIDE
 – Indicates excavation on both sides of the pavement with probable bore of pavement.


O. LOT LINE
 – A line marking the legal limits of an individual’s property (not pictured).  


P. LOT LINE TO LOT LINE
 – The area between the two side lot lines on private property or the entire road right-of-way.  See Right-of-Way (W).


Q. MEDIAN
 – The portion of a divided highway separating the traveled ways for traffic in opposite directions.


R. NEAR SIDE
 – See Short Side (BB).


S. ON SIDE
 – See Short Side (BB).


T. PARKWAY
 – The area between the edge of the pavement and the sidewalk or property line if no sidewalk exists.

U. PROPERTY LINE – See Lot Line (O).

V. REAR LOT LINE(S)
 – Property lot line at the rear of the lot area (opposite street) that connects the two side lot lines.


W. RIGHT-OF-WAY
 – Dedicated street area bounded by two generally parallel lines called right-of-way lines.  Another name for these lines is front property lines.


X. ROAD
 – Highway in rural area (not pictured).


Y. ROAD BORE
 – See Long Side (N).


Z. ROADSIDE
 – A general term denoting the area adjoining the outer edge of the roadway.  Extensive areas between the roadway of a divided highway may also be considered roadside.


AA. ROADWAY
 – The portion of a highway, including shoulders, for vehicular use.

BB. SHORT SIDE – The excavation to take place on the same side of the road as the address listed.

CC. SHOULDER
 – The edge of a road between normal traffic lanes and grass areas.  The term normally used in areas where there is no curb.


DD. SIDE LOT LINE(S)
 – The two property lines which normally extend away from the street right-of-way at approximately 90 degree angles.


EE. STREET
 – Highway in an urban area.


FF. TERRACE
 – See Parkway (T).