Why is the city working on the house side of the sidewalk?

PUEs are on most private properties in subdivisions that have been created in the past 40 years (almost all of residential Syracuse). These easements often follow all property lines but are most commonly along the front and rear. Common easement widths range between seven and 10 feet. Since private property lines start at the back of sidewalk, most PUEs will provide public utilities access to between to the first seven and 10 feet of a front yard. The sidewalk, parkstrip, and road are all public property, so easements are not necessarily required. Utility work in these areas is also possible but more likely to be filled with larger pipes and conduits like water, sewer, and storm drains. Power, internet, gas, and phone lines tend to take up unused space or placed in private yard space utilizing PUEs. PUEs are why utility boxes are almost always behind the sidewalk.

Also, the City is not performing any of the UTOPIA work. It is all being done by contractors hired and managed by UTOPIA. For questions and concerns about Utopia digging, contact:

  1. James Miller 801-389-8908 jmiller@utopiafiber.com or;
  2. Darren Woolley O: 801-260-0988 C: 801-509-2641 darren@bjacksonconstruction.com

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1. What is Utopia Fiber?
2. What are Fiber Optics?
3. When will it be in my area?
4. Who gave the city permission to put something in my yard?
5. Why is the city working on the house side of the sidewalk?
6. Can I tell the city they can’t come through my yard?
7. Is it required for the city to give me notice before working in my yard? How much notice is required before someone enter my yard?
8. Are other cities doing this too?
9. Who decided to let Utopia in Syracuse?
10. If I don’t want Utopia, do you need to go through my yard?
11. What if I use a different internet provider?
12. Do I have to switch to Utopia?
13. Am I being charged for this?
14. When do I get my login?
15. How much does this increase my city bill?
16. Why isn’t my internet faster, they came through my yard?
17. Who do I call if my internet service goes out?
18. Who do I call regarding the construction on my lawn?