180 million telephone and television lines are strung across the country. Paired with over three million miles of above-ground electric cables, the aesthetics of our communities and landscapes are being tarnished by unsafe and unsightly utility wires.
The future of utility wires is underground, and this is because of the benefits attached. Cities like San Antonio, TX; Colorado Springs, CO; New Castle, DE; Saratoga Springs, NY; Williamsburg, VA; Tacoma, WA; and Frederick, MD, have led the charge in adopting comprehensive plans to relocate their wires, and embrace the advantages that come with taking this step.
Greater outdoor areas can improve in appearances by reducing the presence of utility wires. Often viewed as unruly, overhead wires can mask the beauty and unique traits of different communities. Projects like sidewalk widening and tree planting can also take place more seamlessly without the obstacle of power lines.
Safety and Community Health
Burying lines eliminates fire hazards, accidents, safety risks, and power outages due to downed lines. This also reduces risks of health conditions related to electromagnetic radiation, and improves road safety by lessening the chances of motorists striking poles.
Undergrounding eliminates weather-related power outages and provides more reliable service to citizens. For instance, falling tree limbs, high winds, and heavy snow will not cause the same disruptions or damages.
Revitalization experts agree that investments surrounding the visual improvement of commercial areas is one of the best ways to attract new business and stimulate economic development. By focusing on the cleanliness and beauty of retail and commercial spaces, communities can become more successful.