Right-of-way maintenance helps ‘clear the way’ for safety
Potential accidents are all around us, especially when it comes to electricity. Whether it is inclement weather or another kind of safety hazard, YEC strives to keep you safe. That is why YEC implements the continual process of keeping our rights of way clear.
Did you know YEC maintains our right-of-way on a five-year rotation? While this timeline is tight, it is worth it to keep service reliable for our members.
2021 Schedule: Quarters 3 & 4
YEC is currently working on India Hook Substation, circuits 1 and 2. We will follow by working on India Hook Substation, circuit 3, followed by Kingsbury Substation, circuits 2, 3 and 5 and then finish out 2021 working on Catawba Substation, circuits 1, 2 and 3. The main roads in these areas are:
- India Hook 1: Twin Lakes, Tanglewood, Melrose, Belmar, Allison Bluff, Lake Wylie Road and Forest Lake Dr.
- India Hook 2: Twin Lakes, Ottawa Dr., Devonshire, Woodberry Rd., Doncaster Dr. and Knighton Hill
- India Hook 3: Mr. Gallant Road, Pinehurst, Museum Rd., Aragon Beach Rd., Channing Park and Boatshore Dr.
- Kingsbury 2: Kingsbury Rd., Charlotte Hwy., Adkins Rd. Sherer Rd., Campbell Rd. and Chambers Rd.
- Kingsbury 3: Parham Rd., York Farms, Dr. Nichols Rd., Hunters Place, Pine Forest and Rippling Creek
- Kingsbury 5: Charlotte Hwy., Liberty Hill Rd., Cook Rd., Baird Rd., Kingsbury Rd. and Crosswinds Dr.
- Catawba 1: Hands Mill Hwy., Allison Creek Rd., Bowater Rd., Windswept Cove, River Shore Dr. and Covered Bridge Ct.
- Catawba 2: Lake Wylie Rd., Hands Mill Hwy., Golden Pond Rd., Ferguson Long Rd., Cooks Cove Ridge, Liberty Hill Rd., Kiowa Dr., Morningstar Dr., Catawba Crest and King Haigler Chase
- Catawba 3: Liberty Hill Rd., Watergarden St., Feathers Dr., Pinnacle Way, Boulder, Rockledge, Fallowbrook Forest, Kings Grove Dr. and Rocky Stream
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to keep our lines clear from overgrown trees and debris, ultimately helping to decrease the possibility of outages.
Right of Way Maintenance FAQ
York Electric’s ROW maintenance program balances the preservation of natural habitats against the service reliability needs of our members and the safety needs of the general public. In fact, it can actually benefit the ecosystem and other natural environments. ROW maintenance efforts create open areas that encourage the growth of wildflowers, ferns, grasses, flowers, berries, and other low-growing shrubs.
The ROW is cleared by cutting, trimming, mowing and where permissible, applying herbicides. In most cases, all shrubs, brush and trees are removed under primary (main), overhead power lines. They are also removed, as and around secondary, low-voltage power lines that bring power from the transformer to your meter. Cutting and trimming are done by trained, professional utility tree trimmers using specific and proven standards typical to the industry.
- Causes power outages
- Causes lights to blink
- Obstructs visual inspections, making repairs difficult and costly
- Blocks access for maintenance and repairs, causing delays
- Wastes electricity by drawing it to the ground
- Becomes a fire hazard
- Becomes a safety hazard for utility workers and members
- Children and adults should never climb, trim, or touch trees that contact power lines!
A clear ROW minimizes outages, improves power quality, reliability, and safety.
ROW refers to the corridor or pathway an electric line follows, whether it’s along the road or through the woods. ROW provides utility crews with access to lines for improvements, maintenance, and repairs. It also provides an operational safety zone between the electric lines and trees, buildings, etc. On the majority of its lines, York Electric holds easements that give it the right to clear land 15 feet from either side of the wire.