Visible signs that Google Fiber is about to become a reality in northeast Johnson County are springing up in several cities.
Subcontractors for Google are burying fiber lines in several neighborhoods in Westwood and Roeland Park right now. Westwood sent out a message to residents this week giving an update on the construction that is cutting across lawns in the front of homes where fiber is being buried.
The city notice advised anyone with concerns to take photos of the property and landscaping because work crews will be responsible for restoring the areas after the fiber lines are installed. “If you have an underground irrigation system or wireless invisable-fence lines in your yard, please mark those locations with a small flag or spray paint the irrigation heads,” the notice advised.
The work in Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods is divided between new fiber being buried and lines being hung on utility poles. Several wooden poles have already been replaced and more still need to be replaced. Contractors also are busy burying fiber in Roeland Park and Mission city staff announced last week that work is about to take off in that city. In a briefing, the city council was told that signups could potentially start late this year.
The Westwood notice made it clear that the current work is extending the network through the communities and that connections to homes are not yet available. Google Fiber has not yet announced Fiberhood rallies that will allow residents to sign up for the service.
Neighborhoods where fiber is about to be buried have been marked with utility locator flags and residents are asked not to remove those. A Kansas City Star article Tuesday chronicled issues with the massive construction project in the city and projected home connections would be completed by year end when the focus would be on the suburbs.