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Congested, crammed, jam-packed, overcrowded, teeming: all these words seem to describe the current underground infrastructure.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Distribution Contractors Association has taken the initiative to address cross bore issues as they relate to the underground construction community. The DCA Government Relations Committee, co-chaired by Greg Dahl of ARB and Dave Wizniewski of Vermeer, led the effort to create a position paper on this safety issue of critical importance not only to the gas distribution industry, but all aspects of underground work.

The April issue of Underground Construction has devoted several pages of information regarding the rather frightening history of pipe installations unwittingly intersecting existing pipe, commonly referred to as “crossbores.”

On Feb. 26 the Federal Communications Commission granted petitions of Chattanooga, TN, and Wilson, NC, giving the municipally-owned broadband providers in those communities the freedom to provide high-speed internet service beyond their city limits.

Plains All American Pipeline L.P. announced plans to construct two new Delaware Basin pipelines and related gathering systems to expand its existing Blacktip station and to construct a 20-inch loop line from Blacktip station to Wink, TX.

Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment ended 2014 with a 13.2-percent drop compared to 2013, with a total $17.26 billion shipped to global markets.

Follow utility excavation best practices to help save lives and avoid property damage. That’s the underlying message of a new industry safety awareness and education campaign.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The Cross Bore Safety Association (CBSA) is preparing a report titled Leading Practices for Cross Bore Safety to address underground utility crossbores, a continuing issue that affects utility providers, contractors and the general public.

Brownsville, on the southernmost tip of Texas and the northern bank of the Rio Grande, is across the border from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

The ASCE Pipelines 2015 steering committee recently announced that the website for Pipelines 2015, scheduled for Aug. 23-26 in Baltimore, is now active.

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