Comcast digs Lititz

By on May 22, 2019

You might have noticed little red, yellow, orange, and green flags in yards around Lititz Borough.

In case you are wondering what’s going on in Lititz, the answer is that Comcast is coming to town.

Comcast is in the beginning stages of their residential build-out, particularly in the vicinity of East Sixth Street, where all the utilities in that area are buried. As Comcast comes into Lititz Borough, they will be burying their lines as well.

“We have had a lot of questions from homeowners wondering what the various colors mean, and where the new lines will be going,” says Elijah Yearick, director of planning & community development.
Yearick notes that the new franchise agreement allows Comcast to put their lines within the borough’s right-of-way. In most cases, the new lines will be placed in the grass strip between the curb and sidewalk.

Letters have been sent out to affected residents in the borough by Edward Huddle, who is project supervisor for Cable Services Co., Inc., the company that is installing the new cable lines.

“Comcast is in the process of building a secondary cable system in the borough of Lititz and surrounding municipalities. The infrastructure is to be placed in the existing utility easement. All utilities on your street will be located underground thus we have to place our facilities within the granted easement,” reads the introduction of the letter.

Contractors are using a method of construction referred to as pneumatic ug piercing tool or da directional boring rig. This technique enables them to bore under the sod and ground so there is less open trench within the front yards. They will have to remove and replace sod, then dig down to locate existing utilities.

State law for underground placement of the cable is intended to prevent damage to the other utilities buried currently on the properties. The colors, by the way, are Red for electric power lines, cables, conduit, and lighting Cables; Yellow for gas, oil, steam, petroleum, or gaseous material; Orange for communication, alarm or signal Lines, cables, or conduit; Green for sewers and drain Lines; Blue for potable water; Purple for reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines; and White for proposed excavation limits or route.

In his letter, Huddle goes on to inform residents that Cable Services Co. will need to remove and replace the sod and dig back to the pedestals locations. Areas where sod has been removed and replaced and where grass seed was placed will require the residents to water every few days in case of dry weather. So far, Mother Nature has been keeping the area well-watered.

“Restoration of the worksite dug areas will be immediate and when completed, this work will complete the first phase of the project, which is placement of the conduit design,” writes Huddle.
The second phase of the Comcast build-out will be the pulling of cables through the conduit. Once they are placed, the electronics to the cables will be spliced, enabling connections to the system for residences who request the service.

Although work is going on now, Yearick reminds residents that it will be several months before Comcast services are available to those residents who want to sign up for Comcast.

In the meantime, Lititz Borough residents and businesses will have the opportunity to consider a new option in cable and internet services.

“We think that competition is a good thing,” says Yearick, noting that Lititz Borough now has franchise agreements with both Blue Ridge and Comcast. “Instead of everyone who wants cable having to go through one provider, our residents are able to compare the services provided and select the best one for their home.”

At this building on South Duke Street in Lancaster – one of four “hubs” in the county – Comcast satellites receive television signals.

The Franchise Agreement with Comcast was signed by Lititz Borough Council in September 2018. Comcast is beginning its business connections now, and residential service will be available in several months.

Yearick has been fielding some of the calls to the borough by residents in the areas of East Sixth Street, Keller Drive and other streets with buried utilities.
The streets that are nearly completed are Keller, Danbury, and Arrowhead.

Among the streets that are starting soon or just underway are Oxford, Conway, Aspen, Birchwood, Laurel, East Sixth, South Locust, South Cedar, East Fourth, East Third, and Apple,

The streets that will also be affected include Raspberry, Brindled Tern,Cambridge, Market, Brookfield Noble, Andover, Deerfield, North Oak. South Oak, Forney, Plum, Partridge, Pennwick, Hummingbird, Royal Tern, Arctic Tern, North Elm, West Grant, Chickadee, Skylark, and Cardinal.

“Comcast is burying the cable using a boring machine,” says Yearick. “This means there will be spots where they have to dig periodically. “
It is Comcast’s responsibility to restore these areas, he adds, requesting that If homeowners find damage or areas that are not being restored, they should contact Lititz Borough as soon as possible.

“Any damage to curb, sidewalk, or street trees should be brought to the borough’s attention immediately,” says Yearick.

Yearick assures residents that their lawns should not be dug up in the process. Most of the work is being done on the grass strip between the curb and sidewalk, which is part of the borough’s right-of-way.

“We have heard that they would like to install a few pedestal boxes outside the right-of-way, but as part of that they would need an easement to install it on private property.” says Yearick. “They should not be installing outside the right-of-way without an easement from the property owner.”

Although the flagging, digging, and installation of cable lines by Comcast might cause a few growing pains for residents, borough officials hope that adding competition will be a good thing for Lititz Borough.

Laura Knowles is a freelance feature writer and regular contributor to the pages of the Record Express. She welcomes feedback and story tips at lknowles21@gmail.com. 

6 Comments

  1. Kathie

    May 23, 2019 at 10:21 am

    This information doesn’t match what happened here. There was no notice received as indicated in the article. Also, they did cut a huge hole in my yard, not in the grassy section between the street and the sidewalk. The grass now has some yellow due to the damage. When I approached them to ask why they were digging up my front yard I was told that they didn’t have to notify me or ask permission to dig up my yard.

  2. Donna Heiser

    May 23, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    They just finished digging at our house on E Sixth St and they told us that they”Will” be installing a box on our property but it will be flush with the ground and we will be able to mow over it, this is not true! It is over a foot high, we did not want it but we were told it is going in. They did not ask permission at all. We are not pleased and will be sticking with Blue Ridge!

  3. Pigman

    May 29, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Thanks for the good news. Data caps from blue ridge are intolerable.

    • Steve

      June 3, 2019 at 11:03 am

      But they are much higher than Comcast Data caps

      • Tyler

        July 11, 2019 at 7:10 pm

        Comcast doesn’t have data caps at all

  4. Kurt kreider

    October 31, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    When will they get to n cedar st

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