What to expect during construction
- Step 1
Be on the lookout for the construction information we send to neighborhoods before we begin. This is typically a letter or postcard. We’ll also place door hangers or similar just before construction starts on your street.
- Step 2
A utility marking service will mark out underground utilities (water, gas, electric) with paint or locate flags in and near the public right-of-way.
- Step 3
We build in the public right-of-way wherever possible. Construction zones will be clearly marked by temporary no parking signage. This signage includes the exact timing for construction. We work hard to minimize the impact but both foot and road traffic may be impacted temporarily while our teams work.
- Step 4
We install handholes where fiber can be branched out to connect individual homes every couple of houses. These handholes look very much like the access hatch you might find in a lawn irrigation system, with a lid that sits flush to the ground.
Construction typically lasts a couple of days in front of your home and we do everything we can to minimize the impact.
What does this mean for me?
How we bring fiber to your neighborhood
We use several methods to bring fiber to neighborhoods. The ones you’re most likely to see are moling and directional boring.
In moling, a pneumatic tool called a mole drives itself forward underground, pulling the conduit that will house and protect the fiber underground. This mole starts in a small excavation, travels anywhere from 10 to 30 feet and is recovered in another excavation on the other side. This method is often used to go under driveways without disturbing the paving.
Directional boring is used for longer runs, under streets, for example. A bore is sent underground to create a small tunnel to house the fiber conduit. Workers can locate the bore underground and it can be steered by the operator. Hence the directional part.
With either method, we take great care to put things back the way we found them, such that in a week or two, you won’t even know we were there. If you notice a slight bump where our access points were, rest assured it’ll settle in short order.