Right-of-way vegetation management

Right-of-way vegetation management

Roanoke Electric Cooperative maintains rights-of-way for more than 2,000 miles of power lines in Hertford, Bertie, Gates, Northampton, Halifax, Chowan and Perquimans counties to insure 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.

The co-op uses a combination of spraying and trimming techniques to perform rights-of-way maintenance on its circuits. Throughout the year, co-op contractors perform ground-to-sky trimming to avoid contact with the power line. Also, to keep rights-of-way and substations free of undesired weeds and plants that may hinder operational efficiency of the system, crews treat certain areas with an environmentally safe chemical spray.

This spray provides a 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, so 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.

Member-owners may monitor the status of spraying by location the chart below.

Roanoke Electric Cooperative maintains rights-of-way for more than 2,000 miles of power lines in Hertford, Bertie, Gates, Northampton, Halifax, Chowan and Perquimans counties to insure 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.

The co-op uses a combination of spraying and trimming techniques to perform rights-of-way maintenance on its circuits. Throughout the year, co-op contractors perform ground-to-sky trimming to avoid contact with the power line. Also, to keep rights-of-way and substations free of undesired weeds and plants that may hinder operational efficiency of the system, crews treat certain areas with an environmentally safe chemical spray.

This spray provides a 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, so 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.

Member-owners may check this page regularly for status of spraying in their surrounding areas and any schedule revisions due to weather.

2018 RIGHT-OF-WAY SPRAYING SCHEDULE

station

Circuit

Line Miles

Scheduled Month

  Areas includes

 Date Completed

Roanoke Rapids

50

61

4/18/2018

Occoneechee Neck, Hwy. 301 around Reese’s Store Rd., True Blood Rd., Hwy. 125, Highway Patrol Station and Three Bridges Rd.

 

51

7

5/7/2018

Carolina Crossroads

 

49

18

5/9/2018

Carolina Rest Home Rd., Hwy. 48 and Lonnie Green Rd.

 

48

25

5/14/2018

Three Bridges Rd., Piney Grove Church Rd., Hawkins Chapel Church Rd. and Aurelian Springs Rd.

 

Substation

Circuit

Line Miles

Scheduled Month

  Areas includes

 Date Completed

Darlington

3

10

5/28/2018

Reser’s Fine Foods, Hwy. 903 to Three Bridges Rd.

 

2

15

5/30/2018

Aurelian Springs Rd.

 

1

45

6/5/2018

Darlington

 

4

34

6/20/2018

Grapevine Rd., Hwy. 561, Perdue Hatchery, Hwy. 301, Hwy 903/125

 

Substation

Circuit

Line Miles

Scheduled Month

  Areas includes

 Date Completed

Gumfork

9

50

7/2/2018

Tillery

 

11

58

7/16/2018

Bryantown Rd., Chapel Hill Church Rd., Dick Harmony Rd., Hwy 258, Hwy 305, Shoulars Rd.

 

12

30

8/1/2018

JW Duke Service Rd., Griffintown Rd., Rehobeth Church Area, Odom Prison, Hwy 305, Pinner’s Church Rd., Eagletown Rd., Lover’s Lane Rd.

 

Substation

Circuit

Line Miles

Scheduled Month

Areas includes

 Date Completed

Merry Hill

32

17

8/13/2018

Old Hwy 17 towards Windsor

 

33

42

8/16/2018

Capehart Church Rd., Bakertown Rd., Blackrock, Jeff White Rd., Hwy 17

 

34

82

8/30/2018

Jamestown Rd., Avoca Farm Rd, Old Merry Hill Rd., Hwy 45, San Souci Rd. and Cooper Hill Rd.