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Old 03-14-2011, 10:40 AM   #1
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I am putting in a new drive way and will need to cut a bank down approx 5 feet and there is a Verizon telephone line running through where i need to excavate. Verizon is wanting $5995 to lower the line! We all KNOW it dose not take $5995 to lower a line for a home drive!! Dose anyone know if I can hire a private contractor to do the job? -Or am I just stuck with Verizon? PS I live in Central VA

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is it just your line or a whole bunch? the latter i can see the price. yours u might be able to dIY

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a 5' drop is a new line not just slack being taken up. probably not splicing
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I would do it myself. But I cannot tell you to do it yourself. Better be sure its just phone and not the service drop.
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he doesnt say what size line
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Probably better not to do it yourself because if you cut the line with a backhoe then all holy hell will break loose.

If you have a utility easement over your property, any use of that strip of land has to be compatible with the utility company usage.

Do you really need to do your driveway project?
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is it just your line or a whole bunch? the latter i can see the price. yours u might be able to dIY

Well no it would not be just my line because it runs on an a utility easement along the county maintained highway!
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thats no diy
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Probably better not to do it yourself because if you cut the line with a backhoe then all holy hell will break loose.

If you have a utility easement over your property, any use of that strip of land has to be compatible with the utility company usage.

Do you really need to do your driveway project?
I am building a house and that would be the only way to access the new home! but yeah from what i here if you cut the phone companies lines its not pretty! I think there would be an utility easement through there..
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If it's a main trunk line like I think you are saying then you don't have much choice.

If was just the drop to your house I would DIY.
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I'm a retired telco repairman.

Once I had a call to check out a cable trouble and found a fellow and his machine digging holes.

I asked him if he realized that he had cut a cable. He said that he did, but only cut a little cable and missed the big one.
Turned out the little cable was a fibre optic cable that carried 500 long distance lines. The big one that he missed was an older, copper cable, with 50 local phone lines.

Its really difficult to judge what is being carried on a cable by its appearence, so its best to be cautious.
Perhaps a smaller machine would be able to work under the Verizon line.
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Does the line run across the entire frontage of your property? Although I am not sure, there may be some provision for giving you some access to the property. For example the telephone company gets to choose where the driveway goes and then has to modify the line at their expense.
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This is a buried line, yes? Next, is the line crossing your property or is it in a road right of way that is owned by the county?

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