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Power Line Burial Project

The Overhead to Underground Power Line Conversion Project is approximately 13 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 38 miles of feeder lines (93% of project), 109 miles of non-feeder lines, and serviced more than 1,488 consumers (83% 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
  • Union Cemetery Road

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

  • Spanish Wells Road - Oakview
  • Gumtree Road
  • Wild Horse
  • Mitchellville Road

Future projects will occur in:

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

Palmetto Electric Powerline Burial Status Map - January 2018 pdf icon

Power Line Burials
15 year project to be completed by 2019

Not CIP funded, included for update. Funded by 3% franchise fee from Palmetto Electric
  • Marshland Road
    • Roller’s Trailer Park
    • Pinefield, Dinah, Jessica
  • 95% Complete
    • 0% Complete ----- On Hold
    • Engineering now (3rd Quarter)
  • Dillon Road - Wiley Ln
  • 80% Complete
  • Union Cemetery Rd
  • 95% Complete
  • Jonesville
  • 0% Complete ----- On Hold
  • Spanish Wells Comm to Grant Dr
  • 0% Complete ----- On Hold
  • Spanish Wells Gate to Muddy Creek
  • 95% Complete
  • Oakview
  • 50% Complete
  • Gumtree
  • Engineering now (2nd Quarter)
  • Wild Horse
  • Engineering now (4th Quarter)
  • Mitchellville
  • 90% Complete

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