What to expect when we’re working on construction in your neighborhood
Christine Ottoni • October 27, 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 county easement. It’s worth mentioning, our work on the Charlottesville network is primarily aerial. You may also see us stringing fiber cables from electrical poles so fiber can make its way to homes, businesses, apartment buildings and more.
How construction works
We’ve taken great pains 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 a special type of paint that will fade away over time.
Construction work will happen in the “easement,” the five to 12 feet on the street side of your home that’s owned by the City and that is reserved for utilities. 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: the easement
The county easement allows utility companies (like water, gas or crazy fast fiber) permission to dig and run cables under your property.
Construction projects, like the Ting network build, can purchase the right to use your path or driveway, or in the case of fiber, install wiring under your land.
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 lots at the beginning of a street or corner 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. You may also hear the machine working during this time.
Junction boxes are required every couple of house lengths. These junctions 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.