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Thursday, February 17th, 2022 2:09 PM

Underground cable markers

AT&T recently ran underground fiber optic through my neighborhood.  Upon installing this line, they placed many white and orange markers to show the location of the FO line.  These markers are unsightly and I would like to have them removed.  The path of the FO line is along a stretch that includes several other utilities and is very low risk.  Where should I send my request to have the markers removed?

Thank you,

Matt

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2 years ago

they wont remove the markers as they are in a utility easement 

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2 years ago

That’s not too surprising but is there an alternative, less obtrusive marker?  The consensus among my neighbors is that it makes our neighborhood look like a back country road :)

Former Employee

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2 years ago

the PUC requires markers to be a certain height and color 

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11 months ago

We have the same issue in our community. The flags should be removed as swiftly as they were placed. They are a threat to the environment. Both wildlife and greenery. There has to be a resolution and a plan to collect the flags and dispose of, or recycle, in an environmentally-efficient manner.  Our youth group is leading a lesson on how BIG corporations commit the biggest atrocities in nature. 

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11 months ago

@Dbunton 

your post is not the same as the OP which had permanent markers in the ground.

You reference flags which are placed by the local 811 locating company to mark identifying utilities when someone has requested the locate for future burial of new line / service. Once burial of new line(s) is completed would expect the flags to be removed.

Colored flags are existing underground connections while WHITE flags mark the proposed new connection.

https://www.cedarburglightandwater.org/what-do-colored-flags-ground-mean#:~:text=It%20means%20someone%20in%20the,line%2C%20it%20could%20be%20detrimental.

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7 months ago

The markers look terrible and are literally now all over our neighborhood, some only 2-3 apart.  Tachus was able to install fiber optic lines and they only put a small green plate over the hole in our yard.  You can't see it unless you are standing right there.  Why does ATT have different "rules?"

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7 months ago

@KWCC pic(s)?

Markers are poles with colored tip

Pedestals, normally  30 inches, which I expect is your concern, are where the connections are to place drops to individual addresses.

Hand holes are flat.

What is installed will vary based upon availability, for decades pedestals would be standard for buried services while hand holes are newer with different issues such as easily broken, difficult to location under snow or if covered by other materials including leaves, landscaping, etc…. Would you prefer fire hydrants to be ground level where the firefighter has to first locate and possible unearth before being able to start the job of why they are there.

In my personal opinion every green handhold should have an Orange rod sticking out of ground similar as used to mark driveways for snowplows.

I would even able for the job to go neighhood to neighborhood installing the rods after seeing how much time can be spent locating them.

I have seen pedestals with wood stacks and bushes around them, images if that was hand hole.

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7 months ago

You can use GPS coordinates to locate anything, so I don't understand why the poles are necessary.  A fire hydrant is a different thing altogether and they are never installed 2-3 feet apart, and with as much frequency in the area.  Also, it doesn't snow in our area, so I still don't believe these awful looking poles are necessary.  There is also a concrete cover over an area next to many of these poles.  

AT&T should be doing this as no other utility or cable company has used such ugly and obtrusive "markers."

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