Google Fiber installation in Westwood encountered a setback this fall when it was discovered that some of the conduit being buried along the city’s streets was installed outside of the public right-of-way and inadvertently wandered onto private property.
Corrections are currently being made to replace some of the conduit that was incorrectly installed on just a few streets, primarily along 47th Terrace between Rainbow and Belinder and along Belinder north of 49th Street and along 50th Terrace east of Belinder. A few other spots where vaults were outside the right-of-way are being corrected as well, generally on corners.
Survey stakes dotted the city where a new survey of the right-of-way was made by the company to determine the actual boundary. That work reportedly halted construction for a few weeks. Those stakes have been removed where it has been confirmed the installation was within the right-of-way. However, in a posting on its web site, the city has asked for residents to not disturb the small utility marking flags and spray paint on the ground that is marking utilities along the path of the construction.
The city’s post also advises residents that Google Fiber work is expected to continue through November laying the basic infrastructure before homes can be hooked into the network. After the corrections are made in north Westwood, then more work is expected to take place in south Westwood with underground work along 51st Street and 51st Terrace. The utility work includes installing cable on existing utility poles.
The information posted by the city includes a number for residents to call Google Fiber Construction if they have questions about the construction near their homes.