How Much Does it Cost to Bury Power Lines?

When power lines are buried, electrical power is transmitted using underground cables instead of the wires you’re used to seeing above ground.

Otherwise known as undergrounding, this type of power transmission is ideal for densely populated regions, considering that it saves space and is aesthetically better than overhead cables.

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How much does it cost to bury residential power lines?

Distance from electrical facility to where your meter is connected (in feet)Ballpark estimate
50- $4,000 (not connected to a transformer
- $1,000 to $2,500 (connected to a transformer)
100- $5,000 (not connected to a transformer
- $1,000 to $2,500 (connected to a transformer)
200- $6,500
300- $8,000
400- $9,000

NOTE:  These ballpark estimates wouldn’t include the trenching, conduit or vaults.

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