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Late Fall/Winter Business Hours & Holidays

GSOC Late Fall and Winter Business Hours:

From November 1st to March 31st Gopher State One Call business hours are 7am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Emergency calls are exempt from business hours and are always accepted. Please remember all non-emergency locate requests can be submitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are processed during GSOC’s business hours.

Veterans Day Holiday Observed – Plan Ahead:

On Monday, November 12, 2018, Gopher State One Call will observe Veterans Day. Keep in mind this day will not count toward the standard 48 hour notice needed when filing locate requests. Please also remember only emergency locate request calls will be accepted through the call center this day. All non-emergency locate requests can still be submitted online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Plan ahead and submit your locate requests early to account for this holiday. Gopher State One Call would like to thank all of the men and women who have served and serve our country!

Upcoming Holidays:
Here is a list of upcoming holidays Gopher State One Call observes:

  • Veterans Day – Observed, Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, Nov 22, 2018
  • Friday After Thanksgiving – Friday, Nov 23, 2018
  • Christmas Eve – Monday, Dec 24, 2018
  • Christmas Day – Tuesday, Dec 25, 2018
  • New Year’s day – Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Monday, Jan 21, 2019

Please remember the holidays listed above will not count toward the standard 48 hour notice period when filing locate requests.

Barbara Cederberg, Chief Operations Officer, GSOC

Kim Boyd, General Manager, GSOC

Excavator Responsibilities

According to MN State Statute 216D, excavators are required to use white markings (paint, flags, whiskers, stakes, etc.) to define the entire proposed excavation area before filing a locate request, except where it can be shown it’s not practical. Once the excavation area is white-lined, contact Gopher State One Call (GSOC) 48 hours in advance, excluding weekends and holidays, before breaking ground. GSOC will then notify the affected facility operators who dispatch locators to mark their facility lines in the excavation area.

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Locating Positive Response Information

Excavators have access to an easy-to-use online tool called Search & Status. Gopher State One Call (GSOC) recommends that users review it prior to commencing any excavation in the field. Using Search & Status, stakeholders can quickly find ticket and positive response information. With a few clicks, users can search the history or status of a ticket. You can also find specific tickets by narrowing your search criteria.

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I've Damaged a Utility Line. Now What?

MN State Statue 216D defines “damage” as any impact to an underground facility. MN law requires that if damage occurs to an underground facility or its protective coating, the excavator shall promptly notify the affected facility operator. Only the facility operator is qualified to determine if damage requiring repair has in fact occurred.

Excavators are encouraged to follow these steps after contacting a utility line1:

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A New Vehicle for Damage Prevention

TrikeOne Call Concepts, Inc. (OCC), notification service provider for Gopher State One Call (GSOC), and One Call Concepts Locating Services (OCCLS) are pleased to announce the release of a new icon for damage prevention: the 811 Trike. Built by Paul Jr. Designs (PJD) as the third OCC-commissioned 811 vehicle after the 811 Car and 811 Bike, the 811 Trike was unveiled on April 25th, 2018 at the OCC Corporate/ OCCLS office in Hanover, MD. In agreement with the Discovery Channel, the hit show “American Chopper” aired an episode on June 25th, 2018 showcasing the design, construction, and unveil of the new 811 vehicle.

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