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Driving over pipelines

Did you know that driving over a pipeline could damage the integrity of the pipe over time, potentially leading to weakness or corrosion in the pipeline?

It’s why road, highway and other common crossings are designed with weight loads, traffic frequency and depth in mind, often using thicker pipe, deeper installation or other mitigating measures to reduce the impact to the pipe.

For this reason, it is important to always contact the pipeline operator if you need to drive equipment or heavy loads over a pipeline right-of-way that is not part of a highway or public road.

Check out this simplified video that demonstrates how weight can impact a pipeline if proper measures aren’t taken, leading to shape changes or damage to the protective coating.


To help protect the pipeline, special measures can be taken to help distribute the weight of the crossing and minimize any impact to the pipeline.


If you need to cross a pipeline right-of-way, simply contact our crossings team. You can avoid delays in your work by contacting them early, at least 10 days in advance, and we will work with you to find a way to do so safely.

Often, consent for minor activities can be obtained directly from a regional TC Energy representative through a locate request.

You may only be driving over it once or twice, but for a pipeline designed to last decades, each incident adds up. Help keep the pipeline and the community safe, and get approval first.

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