Obstructions and Structures in the Right-of-Way
In order to safely operate and maintain the electric system, Polk-Burnett is obligated to correct obstructions found on properties that would cause Polk-Burnett to be in violation of the National Electric Safety Code (NESC) or impede mechanical access to the power lines. Examples of these include, but are not limited to, septic systems, drain fields, wells, billboards and structures built within the right of way (photo example).
Polk-Burnett does not recommend placing obstructions anywhere within the electric right-of-way (20 feet each side of the center line of the power line). If a member has no choice but to place an obstruction in the right-of-way, it must be at least a minimum of 10 feet from any conductor of the power line or the NESC minimum distance requirement, whichever is greater. In no case can an obstruction limit access to the electric system.
If it is necessary to make a modification to the electric system because of an obstruction, the costs associated with the correction will be at the determination of the cooperative and the responsibility of the owner of the obstruction. In all cases, any modifications to Polk-Burnett facilities will follow all applicable construction standards/specifications, and federal, state and local laws.
In those cases where a structure is discovered to be under construction in close proximity to the power lines where there is an immediate safety concern to the construction workers, Polk-Burnett will take appropriate action for the protection of the electric system and workers. Once the safety concern is addressed to the satisfaction of Polk-Burnett, the structure will fall under the same guidelines as above.
If you have any questions regarding obstructions in the electric right-of-way, please contact the right-of-way manager at 800-421-0283, ext. 329 or via email. Thank you for your cooperation.