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.
2nd Quarter 2021
For the second quarter, we will be cutting in this order:
- Tirzah 2 (Hwy 5 from Adnah Chruch to Quiet Acres Rd, including Mathis Rd, BelAire Estates)
- Oakridge 1 (we have a few places left that were too wet in the first quarter off of Falls Rd), Oakridge 5 ( McConnell’s Hwy from Falls Rd to Oak park Rd, Meadow Lakes Rd, Pinecrest Dr, Hwy 5 from Heckle Blvd to Rawlinson Rd, Hollis Lakes Rd to Wintercrest Dr)
- India Hook 1 (Mt Gallant Rd, Lake Wylie Dr, Twin Lakes Rd, including Forest Lake Dr, Elderwood Rd, Bloomfield Rd); India Hood 2 (Crestview Dr, Palmetto Dr, Redwood Dr, Homestead Rd, Lakewood Dr, Nalley Rd, Twin Lakes Rd from Homestead Rd to Celanese Rd, includes Kingsfield Rd, Fairhaven Rd, Goodplace Rd ), India Hook 3 ( Mt Gallant Rd from Crestview Dr toward York to Bowater Rd, this includes Kingswood Dr, Aragon Beach, West Oak Dr, Museum Rd, Ridgewood Dr, Harbor Inn Rd, Lake Wylie Dr)
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
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.
A clear ROW minimizes outages, improves power quality, reliability, and safety.
- 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!
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.
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.