What is MISS DIG?
MISS DIG is Michigan’s statewide one-call notification system that was developed in order to provide excavators and the general public the ability to inform multiple owners of underground facilities of excavation with a single call. MISS DIG is a not-for-profit independent company that processes information from excavators and passes that information on to affected utilities. MISS DIG does not do any physical locating and marking of buried facilities in the field, therefore, MISS DIG is not responsible for incorrect marking or damages resulting from failing to mark in a timely fashion.
Why & When to Place a Locate Request
A locate request needs to be placed at least 3 business days prior to but no more than 14 days before conducting excavation on your property.
You may be surprised by what’s buried in your yard. That’s because most electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunications companies are delivering utility services to you underground. To avoid personal injury and damage to those underground lines, state law requires you to contact MISS DIG before starting a digging project, regardless of the project size or depth. MISS DIG’s services are free, there are no fees associated with web access and if by phone, the call is free.
Make sure you notify MISS DIG if you are doing any of the following projects:
- Decks & Patios
- Trees or Shrubs
- Swing Sets
- Mailbox Posts
- Room Additions
- Swimming Pools
How to Place a Locate Request
There are two ways to reach MISS DIG to place a Locate Request:
- Via the web at missdigg.org using e-Locate or through the RTE program
- 8-1-1 is the nationwide toll-free number for locate services. Call MISS DIG’s toll-free number 1-800-482-7171, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
You can now enter your own locate request for excavation at a single address if you have a valid email. You will receive a confirmation email from MISS DIG along with general information pertaining to the excavation project.
What Happens After a Locate Request is Placed
Make sure your property is accessible, because within three working days of placing your locate request with MISS DIG, a representative from each member utility company will mark the location of their underground lines with paint and/or flags. The utilities are only required to mark the lines that they own, not privately installed utilities such as connections to a garage or workshop.
Call Before You Dig! Call 1-800-482-7171 or place a locate request online.
At Ron Meyer & Associate Excavating, Inc, we’ve been providing underground and commercial construction to private and commercial businesses for 39 years. As the general contractor or subcontractor, our experienced foremen, equipment operators, pipe layers, truck drivers and well-maintained equipment fleet make us an undeniable choice for your excavating services. Let’s talk about your project!