Pipelines & Mainlines must cross the countryside to deliver products over long distances.The utility must cross under creeks and rivers, highways and roads, farmers’ fields, parks, and may be close to homes, businesses or other city & town centers.
Written agreements, or easements, between landowners and utility companies allow utilities to be constructed and to be maintained. Rights-of-way can cross privately owned property. Most utilities are buried below ground. The working space needed during initial construction may be temporarily wider but the permanent right-of-way width varies depending on the easement, the utility systems, the presence of other nearby utilities and the land use along the right-of-way. Many of the rights-of-way are 50 feet wide, but may be wider or narrower in specific locations.
These rights-of-way are kept clear to allow the utilities to be safely operated; Utility rights-of-way are located in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
Digging can be dangerous because utilities are buried throughout our communities. The last thing you’d want to do is accidentally hit a phone, water, storm, sewer, natural gas or electric line.
Without getting locates first, you could jeopardize your safety and that of your neighbors, not to mention the inconvenience of being without the service. Utility hit mistakes also can be costly.