Right-of-way management

Right of way machine triming trees

Member Resources:

  • Right of way trimming means increased safety and reliability to the system (graphic)
  • Do You Know The 10-Foot Rule? (brochure)

Singing River Electric has a consistent right-of-way maintenance program, which includes clearing trees and limbs from around power lines.

We actively clear the right of way for two reasons:

  1. For the safety of our members and employees
  2. For the reliability of our system.

Cleared right of way helps prevent children from climbing trees and coming in contact with power lines. Also, individuals working with farm and construction equipment can easily see the lines and avoid contact. Unfortunately, large construction equipment contacting power lines and injuring workers is a concern nationally.

Cleared limbs and trees also prevent power outages. If left untrimmed, the limbs and branches often prevent small outages caused by wind. Major outages during hurricanes, straight-line winds and tornadoes can also often be prevented if the trees and limbs are already cleared around the lines.

Singing River Electric’s current right-of-way maintenance program rotates through the cooperative’s over 7,200 miles of power lines and 41 substations every four to five years.

“Since our power lines branch out from the substation, we begin there and follow the lines out,” said Singing River Electric manager of risk management and ROW Buck Williams.

The trees and limbs around the power lines are cut and trimmed, and the grass and underbrush are bush hogged and sometimes cut by hand. Any limbs in residential yards are cleared and chipped. This process usually takes two to three days.

Singing River Electric strongly encourages our members to look up and take caution not to plant trees under or near power lines. When planting trees it is important to think about the mature height and width of the tree. This can avoid side trimming the tree later, which is necessary for safety but can take away from it beauty.