Right-of-way vegetation management

Right-of-way vegetation management

Roanoke Electric Co-op maintains rights-of-way for more than 2,000 miles of power lines in Hertford, Bertie, Gates, Northampton, Halifax, Chowan and Perquimans counties to help ensure service reliability.

Vegetation management on these rights-of-way poses one of the biggest challenges for the co-op. But it’s not just the amount of land to be managed that underscores its importance; service reliability and employee safety are also at stake. Trees that grow into electric lines can cause outages and endanger line crews.

Roanoke Electric has set high standards for developing its vegetation management program. The co-op uses a combination of spraying and trimming techniques to perform rights-of-way maintenance on its transmission and distribution system. Contractors perform ground-to-sky trimming to avoid contact with the power line.

Also, to keep equipment free of undesired weeds and plants that may hinder operational efficiency of the system, co-op crews treat certain areas with a chemical spray. This spray provides a cost-effective, environmentally safe and longer-lasting means for managing trees and woody underbrush and is not harmful to humans or animals.

The chemical has a “plant specific” mode of action, which means the active ingredient is absorbed into the leaves, travels to the root system, and interrupts the tree’s ability to process amino acids. The tree, and a good portion of the root system, is eradicated, thus eventually eliminating the repetitive cycle of cutting and regrowth of trees under power lines.

Not only is the use of herbicides more effective in maintaining the area, it is a best practice in the electric utility industry with significant cost-savings.

Member-owners will be notified when maintenance is being performed in their area via bill inserts.




Line Miles

 Scheduled Start Date


St. Johns Millenium Road, N.C. Highway 561, Slade’s Store, Pleasant Grove Church Road, Fennel Road. N.C. Highway 461,  Lewter Farm Road, Matheson Woods, Colonial Acres


April 22

Horton’s Church Road, Buck Branch Road, Harrells Siding Road, Tyler School Road, Mary Odom Road, Rawls Road


May  5

St. john’s Millenium Road, Hollowell Road, Brickmill Road, N.C. Highway 305, Connaritsa, Hexlena, Center Grove, Early Station, Jernigan Swamp


May 16


Menola St. John’s Road, Blowe Road, Flea Hill Road, Beaver Dam Road, Vaughntown, N.C. Highway 11


June 17

Woodrow School Road, Tom Browne Road, Mt. Tabor Church Road, Underwood Road, Mapleton


June 24

Pinetops, Vinson Mill Road, Benthall Bridge Road, Storey Road, Turkey Branch Road, Watson Mill, Wise’s Store Road


July 1

Vaughn’s Creek, Stanley Barnes Rd., Boone’s Bridge Road, Como area


July 10


Mill Pond Road, N.C. Highway 37, Flat Branch Road, Silver Springs Road, Water Swamp Road, Carter’s Road, Indian Neck Road, Punch Bowl Road, Hobbsville area, Sandy Cross, Spivey Road


July 22

Medical Center Road Parker Road, Willeyton Road, Paige Riddick Road, Gates Bank Road, Johnny Harrell Road 


July 29

Middle Swamp Road, Black Mingle Road, Savage Road, Union Branch Road, Drum Hill area 97 July 31


U.S. Route 13 North, Reynoldson, Crosstown, Drum Hill, Paige Riddick Road 


Aug. 13

Tuggie Eure, Rooks Road, Sheperd Road, Hackley Road  


Aug. 18

U.S. Route 13 North, Gatlington Road,  Boonetown area



U.S. Route 13 South, Corner High, Barfield Road, Taylor Mill Road, Eure area 43 Aug. 21

*Schedule is planned in March. Weather conditions may require slight adjustments in dates.