Princeton, IL – Small City, Big Modernization Plans

Converting Overhead Utilities To Underground With HDD, HDPE
March 2010 Vol. 65 No. 3
The city of Princeton is helping the environment while protecting its citizens.

“We look at in the long range,” he explained. “Because we’re eliminating the overhead lines, we don’t have near the maintenance or the downtime due to ice storms, strong winds or other severe weather events for example. As we gradually proceed on this project, I see a lot of cost effectiveness. There is an upfront cost, but in the long run it will end up paying for itself and will give better service to our customers. That’s the main thing. We want to, and must, serve the public. What we’re looking for is zero outages. That’s important to residents and critical for our businesses.

"By going underground," Cain continued, "and using HDPE pipe it’s definitely improving the quality of life. We also use HDPE pipe in storm sewers and for potable water service lines for many of the same reasons.”

“Putting utility wires underground is a practical and necessary thing to do,” summarized Radoszewski. “It eliminates interrupted service due to weather or accidents such as a car hitting a pole. Plus it protects workers and citizens. HDPE conduit helps to preserve and protect a community. And on the ‘green side’, it saves the community’s beautiful trees and eliminates the need to cut down others to make the many wooden poles that rot and crack and fall across the roads. Electrical co-ops in the United States purchase nearly 800,000 wooden poles each year.”

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