Public Utility Company– Electric Distribution Underground
Various Locations, VA
Charlie Kreye, PE
Placing certain overhead distribution lines underground helps to improve the reliability of electric service and shorten restoration times following weather events.
Draper Aden Associates, acting as a public utility company’s representative, visits the proposed project area to collect information along the proposed project route to confirm that the preliminary route plan is feasible. From that plan we draft easement plats to coincide with the proposed route for the new underground lines.
Using the collected field data, the overhead removal plans are developed and the underground design plan begins. We also work closely with the right-of-way procurement team at Willbros to negotiate with homeowners the placement of above ground equipment. When the plans are completed they go through an extensive quality control using checklists we developed before being sent to the utility partner for final review. Once the project construction plans are finalized and released to Willbros, we send survey crews to mark the pertinent locations such as property lines, easements, and proposed cable routes to ensure above ground distribution equipment is placed accurately and according to plan.