News Briefs: Tunneling Complete on Columbus Sewer Project

In this week's news, a 4.5-mile-long tunnel project was completed in Columbus, Ohio, Source: HDD and StraightLine HDD announce merger, and the locate rodeo is moving
News Briefs: Tunneling Complete on Columbus Sewer Project

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A 4.5-mile-long tunnel was completed in Columbus, Ohio, to help deter stormwater runoff that has been an issue for residents and motorists.

The tunnel, located beneath downtown Columbus and the Scioto River, is nearly 200 feet deep and 20 feet in diameter. Crews used a 95-ton boring machine.

The $371 million tunnel, along with two odor-control facilities, is the largest capital project in the history of the City of Columbus. The tunnel project and upgraded treatment facilities will be fully operational in 2017.

Source HDD Inc. and StraightLine HDD Agree to Merge

Source: HDD Inc. and StraightLine HDD announced a merger agreement to offer customers the ability to purchase used rigs, new down-hole tooling, and a variety of additional HDD services, including equipment brokering.

The new Source: HDD will continue to operate from two buildings, both located in Hutchinson, Kansas, and plans to maintain its staff of 75. President of StraightLine HDD Joe Phillips will serve as president of the new Source: HDD, and Source: HDD Inc. Managing Director Jay Cary will become the vice president of sales.

“At a particularly competitive time in the HDD industry, this combination creates a totally new kind of company — one that’s laser focused on using our decades of knowledge and experience to help our partners succeed in a ‘do more with less’ business environment. With this move, we are offering something that is unique in the marketplace, which as a proven value proposition,” says company owner Don Cary. 

Locate Rodeo Moving to Texas in 2016

Texas’s equivalent of the Dial Before You Dig service — Texas 811 — will host the International Utility Locate Rodeo 2016, featuring the “Locate from Hell” event, to be held at a location and date yet to be determined. Georgia 811 had hosted the event for the last 14 years.

Described as “the Olympics of the Locate Industry,” rodeo participants compete to locate underground infrastructure, including categories for power, gas and water. In the “Locate from Hell” event, competitors aren’t allowed to use their own equipment and must locate a specific utility in just three minutes.

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