Why are flags being placed on a property, and what do they mean?

Utility companies are required to send professional locators to residences to mark underground utility lines. These lines are marked with colored flags to prevent them from being damaged during excavation.

To ensure the safety of everyone involved, please do not remove, or disturb the flags or any other markings. If the flags or markings are moved or compromised in any way, please call 811 to request the utilities to be marked again.

The color of the flag denotes what type of utility line it is marking. Please refer to the graphic on this page for a flag color code. 

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1. Who is working in residential lawns and properties?
2. Why are flags being placed on a property, and what do they mean?
3. Are Township employees working on resident’s properties?
4. If I’m not switching my internet provider, why are there workers in my yard?
5. This is my private property, and I did not give permission for companies to access it. Why are they allowed to do so?
6. Why are they digging?
7. When will companies begin digging?
8. I smell gas – what should I do?
9. When will the project be completed?
10. How long will the flags remain in the ground?
11. How long will painted markings last, and is it safe?
12. If property was damaged, who would pay for repairs?
13. When switching internet providers, who needs to be contacted?
14. What is the process of telecommunication access?
15. Can I remove the flags from my property?
16. Why did the Township allow this work to occur?
17. What is the Township doing to address resident issues?
18. Is the Township working with the utility companies?
19. Why can’t companies share lines or use existing lines?
20. Why did the Township approve franchise agreements?
21. How was this work communicated with residents?
22. What is the Township doing regarding winter work and street maintenance?
23. Do you have a question that is not listed?