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Coping With Construction: What to Expect

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Utilities

Construction in developed areas is similar to an intricate surgery. Peeling back the earth and pavement is only the first step to this process. A number of utility lines run along the roadway right-of-way to service the properties. These include both private and public utilities, such as telephone, gas, fiber optic, television, electric, water, storm drainage, and sanitary sewer utilities.

Service lines need to be identified and may require careful removal or relocation. These activities can be hazardous and must be coordinated between the utility and roadway construction crews. Actual construction often must cease until these lines are identified, service is shut off, and lines are relocated.

When planned service interruptions are necessary, you will be notified in advance. With so much activity on a construction site, sometimes service is inadvertently interrupted. The contractor works to communicate and correct unplanned interruptions as soon as possible. In some cases, the timing of an interruption may be coordinated with local businesses or properties.

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Coping With Construction: What to Expect