What to expect when we’re working on network construction in your neighborhood
Christine Ottoni • November 1, 2017if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?>
Here’s everything you need to know about Ting fiber network construction. When our crews come into your neighborhood, we do our best to make the whole process as efficient and smooth as possible.
This post focuses on the underground work we do in the City right-of-way in Centennial.
How network construction works
We do our best to make construction of the Ting fiber network clean and surgical. Here’s what you can expect when we roll up with our trucks.
Before construction starts a utility location service will mark the underground utilities in your neighborhood. This ensures underground utilities won’t be disrupted during construction. Utilities will be marked by paint and will be removed by soda blasting (baking soda at high pressure) within seven days.
Construction work will happen in the City right-of-way. We won’t dig on your property unless you have specifically requested to have fiber brought from the street to your home.
Where construction happens
Work will is either take place in the public right-of-way, which is the five to 12 feet on the street side of your home that’s owned by the City and that is reserved for utilities or in some circumstances in an “easement,” controlled by your HOA.
While many utilities work at the back of properties, Ting fiber network construction will be happening in front of your home. This is where we place handholes, access hatches similar to what you’d see in a lawn sprinkler system.
Companies and contractors who have obtained permits can do construction and maintenance in the right-of-way for utilities including water, gas and even crazy fast fiber. Ting provided network build plans to the City for review. After that, a permit was issued in order for us to build in the city-owned right-of-way.
Directional boring: How we bring fiber lines to your home
To begin, a directional boring machine is placed at an entrance point. Entrance points are usually located on street lots at the beginning of a street or on corner street lots.
A directional bore will travel underground up to 300 feet and is directed to avoid underground utilities. The directional bore creates the path that will eventually house fiber conduit.
We take great pains to put things back the way we found them. If your property is beside an entrance point, you may see water and mud throughout the time we are directing the bore underground. This is completely normal and we will do whatever it takes to return the grass to its original condition. Rest assured, the water you may see is not from the water main. You may also hear the machine working during this time.
Handholes are required every couple of house lengths. These handholes are unobtrusive and look very much like the kind of recessed access hatch you might find in a lawn irrigation system.
Traffic flow may be temporarily impacted while we work. This should only last the day and we will do the best we can to minimize impact.