Underground Cable Replacement

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Underground Cable Replacement Project

The Westerville Electric Division has initiated an underground electric cable replacement project in designated areas throughout the city. Underground high voltage electric cable will be replaced between transformers (the green boxes) as a part of an ongoing maintenance/upgrading effort.  Installation will be performed using the directional boring method to minimize disturbance of existing landscaping, fences, etc. within the Utility Easement.

The directional boring and cable replacement will be completed by a contractor who is also responsible for any necessary property restoration.  A video will be made of the existing area prior to the beginning of any work to help with the before/after comparison, if needed. Considerable effort will be included in this project to minimize service interruption or inconvenience to you.  If a service interruption is required, you will be notified in person or a specific notice will be left on your door.

The entire project is expected to take several months, weather permitting.  Please call the Electric Division at (614) 901-6700 if you have any questions. 

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.


Landscaping Clearance and Other Guidelines

Unobstructed access to underground power facilities is imperative. Customers serviced by underground power lines should be aware of landscaping clearance and other guidelines to be maintained around our equipment.

Maintaining proper landscaping clearances around pad mount transformers allows our crews to safely perform necessary inspection and maintenance work.  Woody plants, ornamental grasses, fences and other structures, shrubs and trees must be kept at least 10 feet from the front of the pad (the side with the enclosure doors) and at least 3 feet from the sides and back. Plantings and structures located too close create a dangerous work area and may hamper efforts to restore power in an emergency.  In addition, the plants and structures may be damaged by workers trying to access underground facilities. Damaged plants and structures will not be replaced when found within the clearances shown.
Before adding or removing trees, shrubs or other plantings (including stumps), obtain free safe digging information to avoid disturbing buried utility lines.  The following work site information will be needed:
  • County, city or township Service Zone Area around Transformers
  • Street address 
  • Intersecting streets or roads 
  • Distance and direction from intersection 
  • Extent of work (front/rear/both sides) 
  • Date excavation will take place 
  • Type of work 
  • Your name 
  • Contact phone number 
  • Contractor contact person or other additional information
CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!  Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS) is open 7 days a week including holidays.  You must call at least 48 hours ahead, but not more than 10 days before. 1-800-362-2764 or just dial 811 from any telephone.  More information may be found by visiting www.oups.org.