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Power Line Burial Project

The Overhead to Underground Power Line Conversion Project is approximately 12 years into a 15 year project, and is funded through a franchise fee paid by Palmetto Electric. This project will increase the reliability of electric service by requiring all overhead non-transmission electric lines to be located underground. Photo of William Hilton Parkway Before Powerline BurialThe project has an estimated 40 miles of 3 phase feeder lines, and the number of residential and commercial services to be affected is 1,790. To date, Palmetto Electric has buried more than 36 miles of feeder lines (89% of project), 99 miles of non-feeder lines, and serviced more than 1,432 consumers (80% of project).

Benefits of buried power lines:

  • Enhances aesthetics of Island
  • Increases reliability of service
  • Reduces power outages due to inclement weather
  • Ensures trees are not a detriment to any lines
  • Allows coordination of construction schedules between the Town and Palmetto Electric on Capital Improvement Projects, therefore reducing negative impact to the general public.

Areas that have completed burial of power lines include:

  • North Forest BeachPhoto of William Hilton Parkway After Powerline Burial
  • Pope Avenue
  • Sea Pines
  • Mathews Drive
  • Folly Field Road
  • Port Royal Plantation
  • Beach City Road
  • Squire Pope Road
  • Palmetto Bay Road
  • Dillon Road
  • US 278
  • Spanish Wells Road
  • Jarvis Creek Bridge

In the next few months, Palmetto Electric will be removing overhead power lines in three areas:

  • US 278 - Sea Pines Circle to Town Hall
  • Spanish Wells Road - Oakview to Spanish Wells Planation
  • Union Cemetary Road
  • Gumtree Road

Future projects will occur in:

  • Spanish Wells Road - Grant Drive / Jonesville Road
  • Mitchelville Road
  • Wild Horse
  • Sections of Marshland Road

Palmetto Electric Powerline Burial Status Map - January 2017 pdf icon

For more information on the Powerline Burial Project please contact Tony Pierce, Chief Building Inspector email icon, at 843-341-4675.