Utility

No matter what part of the country you're in, utility constructionis a vital part of everyday life. As communities develop, so does the need for standard utility construction like water infrastructure, including septic systems and storm water handling, power infrastructure, telecommunications work both above and below ground, power lines and other utility lines.


Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the stakeholder-driven organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them and their communities, announced findings from a new supplemental report examining near miss data submitted to the Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) from 2015 to 2018.

Underground construction in urban areas can be a constricting and uniquely challenging experience — especially without a versatile and maneuverable machine. Providing a solution to these challenges for contractors and operators inspired improvements of an already proven Ditch Witch ride-on trencher, the RT80.

For new construction projects in areas with acidic soils, keeping curb boxes in good working order is critical to avoid compromised water service, angry customers and costly repair and replacement. Traditionally, a curb box is composed of a metal tube that connects the cast iron base to a cast iron lid/cap.

Registration was a "well-oiled machine" early morning on day-one as attendees flocked to attend the first educational sessions and opening day of the show floor. Record numbers of utility and construction professionals converged on Louisville, Ky., for the 2019 International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) Oct.

The rise in underground utility projects is good news for contractors across the country. However, whether it be due to fiber build-out or aging infrastructure replacement, this growth requires underground utility contractors to find and employ more horizontal directional drill (HDD) operators.

Illinois American Water invested over $122 million in water and wastewater upgrades in 2018. The 2018 construction season included installing approximately 198,000 ft. (more than 38 mi.) of water main and approximately 3,700 ft. of sewer main as well as lining approximately 3,200 ft.

CAIRO (AP) -- It's an ancient worry facing a modern challenge. Anxiety over water is growing in Egypt as Ethiopian leaders press forward with plans to build a massive dam that officials fear will block the flow of the Blue Nile. Addis Ababa started construction of the massive Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in 2011 when Egypt's leaders were consumed with the Arab Spring uprising that ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak.

LAS VEGAS (AP) After a three-year battle to keep their underground job site from flooding, a construction crew at Lake Mead is ready to let the water win. Workers will shut off pumps keeping the water out and allow it to fill a cavern they have carefully excavated from the rock more than 500 ft.

BOSTON (AP) - The utility company involved in last month's explosions and fires in Massachusetts says it has replaced nearly 36 miles of main pipeline in the area. Columbia Gas announced Oct. 21, that it's 80 percent through its work replacing 45 miles of main pipeline, and about halfway through its work replacing 6,100 service lines to homes and businesses.

Indiana American Water, a subsidiary of American Water Company in Richmond, Ind., is currently in the middle of a $45 million upgrade to the company's water treatment endeavors. Work will include the construction of a new water treatment plant and a new raw water pumping station.

When Baltimore County's Public Works department commissioned Cossentino Contracting Company to install approximately 2,000-ft. of 24-in. gravity sanitary sewers, the contractor knew it would need to cut through hard blue rock. Kris Davis, president of Cossentino Contracting, based in in Rosedale, Md., also knew what the right tool would be to overcome this challenge — the FAE RC120 rock grinder.