Underground Utility Damage Cost Mediation
For more than 20 years, damage prevention stakeholders in Virginia have worked tirelessly
to reduce damage to underground utility lines. Their efforts have resulted in one
of the most effective damage prevention programs in the country. The desire and
partnership of these stakeholders to work together and resolve issues of common
interest continues to be one of the cornerstones of this program.
The recovery of utility damage costs has been an issue of some controversy and has
threatened to harm the partnership Virginia stakeholders have worked so hard to
establish. Mediation can help contractors and utilities in Virginia reach resolution on disputed
utility damage cost claims without expensive, frustrating, and time-consuming adjudication
through the courts. A mediation process facilitated by a neutral person affords
parties who understand their dispute better than anyone to reach a “win-win”
resolution as opposed to issues being resolved by a judge or jury. This saves time
and money and preserves the parties’ relationship by improving communication.
Better relationships amongst contractors and utilities will continue to strengthen
the partnership in Virginia’s damage prevention program.