Modern HDD Tech Finally Brings Gas To Branson

October 2011, Vol. 66 No. 10

Ditch Witch roller cone bits were used to drill pilot holes. Pilot holes were guided with Ditch Witch 752 tracking equipment. A variety of backreamers were used. Ditch Witch FX30 vacuum excavator equipment was used to clean up drilling fluids.

“The hardness of the rock slowed production,” Ridenhour continued, “but we averaged about 200 feet per day per machine and completed our portion of the project without a lot of problems. Pipe routes went through both residential and commercial areas, but HDD limits surface damage and minimizes disruption of traffic and normal activities. The public was pleased to be getting gas service and accepted our presence.”

Ridenhour has been in the underground utility construction business for 19 years. The company began operations by conducting both underground and overhead work, but today it specializes in underground projects. In addition to gas, projects include communications and power construction.

“We still plow in a lot of innerduct, but don’t operate trenchers anymore,” Ridenhour said. “If we need to open a hole we use a backhoe or excavator. Some projects require aerial work and we still have that capability, but our focus is on underground.”

Summit’s Brown said work soon will begin to bring gas service to Hollister, just south of Branson.

Summit Utilities Management Services specializes in constructing natural gas distribution systems to provide natural gas to residential and commercial customers.

Southern Missouri Natural Gas, Mountain Grove, MO, owns and operates over 400 miles of natural gas pipelines and is expanding its system to serve the communities of Houston, Branson, Hollister, Mountain Grove, Lebanon, West Plains and other small towns.

Ditch Witch, (800) 654-6481,
Ridenhour Construction, (573) 761-1630,
Woods Construction Company, (719) 213-2098,
Summit Utilities, (800) 720-8193,

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