Right of Way Clearing and Maintenance

Keeping Areas around Utilities Free of Overgrown Vegetation

A right-of-way (or easement) is when a utility company—such as a power, electricity, internet, or cable company—owns a portion of a privately-owned property where a utility is located, as well as the land directly surrounding. What types of utilities have rights-of-way in Northeast Ohio?

  • Gas or petroleum lines
  • Water mains or lines
  • Storm water pipes
  • Electric lines, poles, or conduits
  • Cable or internet lines
  • Sewer pipes
  • Roadways to access any of the above utilities

Preferred Right-of-Way Clearing Methods

Easements in Cuyahoga County’s wooded areas most often include the right to clear, trim, and remove vegetation and tress from within the utility right-of-way, as well remove hazardous trees near the right-of-way that could damage the utility if they fall. In grassy areas or wetlands, easements could include the right to mow overgrown grasses, remove bushes and shrubs, and monitor drainage. When performed by a professional, these efforts will ensure that your Cleveland area utility rights-of-way have the necessary clearance for operation, maintenance, and public safety.

Why is it Important to Keep Rights-of-Way Clear?

In Northeast Ohio and elsewhere in the country, commercial and residential property owners are responsible for keeping utility owned property and rights-of-way clear of vegetation. This is because utility companies must always be able to access power lines or gas pipes for routine maintenance and repair. Similarly, right-of-way clearing regulations ensure that trees do not pose a hazard to utilities or utility workers. Not only should property owners clear any overgrown vegetation or trees from the space, but a long-term right-of-way maintenance plan should be developed in coordination with a professional arborist to ensure that utility workers can access lines or pipes at any time of year. In Ohio, failure to comply with rights-of-way maintenance regulations can result in civil fines.

VanCuren Can Clear Any Utility Right-of-Way

With a headquarters in Newbury, Ohio, VanCuren Tree Services is the leading right-of-way clearing and maintenance company in Northeast Ohio. During our 30+ years in business, we have completed many Cleveland area right-of-way clearing projects, both constructing new utilities as well as expanding existing rights-of-way. VanCuren’s experienced teams of tree care experts use state-of-the-art all-terrain equipment to quickly clear any right-of-way. At VanCuren, we guarantee that that every right-of-way clearing project is completed safely, on budget, and on time. See for yourself what sets VanCuren apart from the crowd!

If you are seeking professional right-of-way clearing and maintenance in Northeast Ohio, contact VanCuren today for a free consultation!

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