NC811 Reminds local residents to call 811 before all digging projects
GREENSBORO, NC (April 10, 2019) — NCDOT Eastern Deputy Chief Engineer John Rouse, presented the proclamation announcing April as N.C. Safe Digging Month last week at Lowe’s in Raleigh on behalf of Governor Roy Cooper. The proclamation reminds North Carolina homeowners to call 811 before starting any outdoor digging project. Lowe’s Home Improvement partnered with 811 to share the valuable information to call 811 before you dig on over 1.5 million tree wraps nationally.
North Carolina has over 80,000 miles or roads, including nearly 15,000 miles of primary highways (U.S. and N.C. routes) and nearly 65,000 miles of secondary roads. In addition to the highways, NCDOT maintains more than 13,500 bridges. North Carolina also has over 8.7 million registered vehicles and 6.9 million licensed drivers traveling on those highways and bridges.
April marks the start of spring digging season, so NC811 and NCDOT are encouraging homeowners to call 811 before they dig to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. Every nine minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.
“Neglecting to call 811 before digging can have dangerous consequences,” said Mr. Rouse. “I urge every North Carolinian to take the time to use this valuable service.”
“We join Eastern Deputy Chief Engineer John Rouse in strongly encouraging individuals and companies to call 811 before they begin digging,” said Louis Panzer, Executive Director – NC811. “By having underground lines marked, contractors and homeowners are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.”
Striking just a single line can cause injury, repair costs and fines, in addition to possible outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, necessitates a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, building a deck and laying a patio are all examples of projects that need a call to 811 before starting.