Utility pavement is not a phrase commonly thrown around in public circles unless you work at the mayor's office, for a utility company, or for paving contractors. However, utility pavement repairs do impact residential customers who receive utility services from the utility who cut the pavement. It helps you, as a residential utility customer, to understand what utility pavement is, what damages are incurred by cutting it, and who foots the bill to have it repaired.
What Utility Pavement Is
Utility pavement is any section of paved road or sidewalk that covers an area where buried utility lines are. The utility lines may be electrical, gas, water, or sewer. Sometimes the utility will apply neon spray paint to code an area of pavement when there is a question about which utility lines lie under which sections of pavement. Typically, you will not see or even know where these chunks of pavement are unless the utility company or city notifies you.
Damages Incurred through Cutting the Utility Pavement
Utility pavement, especially the areas that exist in the roads, can be damaged by sink holes, by high traffic of very heavy vehicles, and/or by intentionally being cut by the utility company to mark where they are prior to building near by. When the utility pavement is intentionally cut, it can damage nearby sections of the pavement, forcing cracks, chunks and potholes to develop over time. Even with quick repairs, these areas will need more advanced repair before too long to preserve and keep safe the utility lines underneath the pavement. To learn more about the necessary repairs, talk to a company like AA Asphalting.
Who Pays the Bill for the Repairs
While most cities and states say that the money for these repairs comes from the utility companies or state funds, the truth is that the money still comes from taxpayers and paid utility bills. In short, the money comes from you and your neighbors in a very roundabout sort of way. If the utility company is gas or electric, the company may pay for the repairs, but then they might charge its customers a little extra for a little while to make up the difference. If the utility is water and/or sewer, or other utilities provided by the city, your state taxes will fund the treasuries that pay for road construction and repair. Your water/sewer bills may also see a spike in charges for a few months until the repair bill is paid in full.