Down Deep in Durango

Breaks Rock In Southern Colorado To Complete Reservoir Project
May 2009 Vol. 64 No. 5
The Animas La Plata project, more than 50 years in the making, will provide water to the Ute tribe and areas of CO and NM.

After the breakthrough, BTrenchless grouted the exterior annular space around the 48 inch steel casing and then skidded the 36 inch diameter PVC carrier pipe into the tunnel. The interior annular space was then grouted as the final step to complete the tunnels.

As of early April 2009, the SBU M was on the surface and being readied to bore the 130-foot long upper tunnel. The second tunnel is at an offset angle to the lower and will break through into the shaft approximately 60 feet from the top of the shaft. BTrenchless anticipates the second launch will occur in mid April.

BTrenchless, a division of BT Construction, Inc. located in Henderson, CO, has been in business for more than 25 years. During this timeBTrenchless has completed numerous projects in Colorado and the Western United States includingmicrotunneling, tunnel boring, pipe jacking, guided auger boring, auger boring, pipe ramming, horizontal directional drilling, pipe bursting, sliplining and potholing.

EPC Corporation of Glendale, AZ, is a construction company offering general contracting, design/build, and construction management services. EPC specializes in commercial/industrial building, heavy/highway construction, utility construction, industrial maintenance, water/wastewater plants, correctional institutions, and power plants.

The LPWWA’s project is being managed by Bikis Water Consultants LLC. The approximately $6 million project to distribute water from the new lake has been funded by the following sponsor entities: Animas La Plata Water Conservancy District, Southwestern Water Conservation District, Colorado Water Conservation Board Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and the Colorado Water Resource and Power Development Authority.

BTrenchless, (303) 286 0202
EPC Corporation, (623) 934-0225,
Robbins TBM, (440) 248-3303,

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