Has Right-Of-Way Clearing


Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA), with contractor Top Notch Tree Removal, will be clearing brush and trees away from the main power lines in downtown Fairbanks and the neighborhoods of Hamilton Acres, Trainor Gate, Shannon Park, Birchwood Homes and Island Homes. The work will begin Monday, July 12, and is anticipated to last into September.

Trees falling into power lines are one of the leading causes of power outages. GVEA clears rights-of-way to ensure safety, system reliability and reduce outages. Cleared, accessible, rights-of-way enable GVEA crews to inspect and maintain equipment, to locate potential problems and to make repairs quickly when problems arise.

Some details about this work:

  • Crews will be clearing 19.5 miles of line and 165 ground level pad mount transformers.
  • Clearing will be ground to sky within the right-of-way.
  • Guy wires will also be cleared.
  • Crews will not clear service lines from the transformer to the meter; these are the homeowner’s responsibility.
  • Small debris, such as limbs and brush, will be removed at the end of each day.
  • Large, firewood size logs will be stacked in four-foot lengths and left for homeowners.
  • Work will take place Monday-Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., excluding holidays.
  • Trees out of the right-of-way may be cut down or topped if deemed a danger to the line. Homeowners will be notified.

Trees in the right-of-way will be removed completely; no trees will have only the tops removed because this creates safety and reliability issues. Removing the trees completely ensures efficient clearing for GVEA members. Trees that are not completely removed will grow back quickly and be a threat to power lines, causing power outages and requiring crews to return to the location.

For the safety of crews and to ensure accessibility to the power lines, residents should have easements clear of all personal property. If there are survey markers on or near an easement, please mark them. If you see machines or crews working, stay at least 300 feet away. The machines can throw debris a considerable distance.

Thank you for your patience as GVEA performs this required maintenance. Affected residents are being notified by postcard and phone calls before work starts. If you have any questions please contact GVEA at (907) 458-5717 or (907) 456-5692 or visit www.gvea.com.