Citing both public safety and aesthetic reasons, the undergrounding of overhead utilities within the City has been a long standing priority of the City Council. Since 2016 it is estimated that over 2,000 fires have been caused by faulty utility lines throughout California.
Potential undergrounding projects are identified by City staff and evaluated by both the City Council Ad-hoc Committee and full City Council based on cost, feasibility, and impacts. Once initiated, the City places a deposit with Southern California Edison to begin design of the project. Typically, it takes between 6 and 9 months for a project design to be completed. Full undergrounding projects take approximately 2 years to complete.
Click here for the City Council Undergrounding Selection Policy.
Long Valley Road
A project to remove 9 poles along Long Valley Road between the Community Center and Hilltop Road was completed in January 2022.
Little Hollow Road
In December 2021, the City Council authorized the initiation of a new project to remove 4 poles on Little Hollow Road. The project design is complete.
Jed Smith Road
On May 23, 2022, the City Council authorized the initiation of a new project to remove 9 poles on Jed Smith Road between Fitzpatrick Road and Kit Carson Road. The project design is underway.
The City is always looking for potential new undergrounding projects. Please contact City Hall to discuss potential projects and learn more about the process.