Utility Contractor

MAY-JUN 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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38 Utility Contractor | May/June 2018 C onstruction, construction, con- struction. Road construction as far as the eye can see. This is what residents in Columbus, Ohio, think when they travel practically any- where. And due to the multi-year Inter- states 70/71 Columbus Crossroads proj- ect, many freeways downtown will be under construction into the next decade. With a civil project as large as the 70/71, a lot of the construction is not just road paving and bridge reconstruc- tion; it is the installation or rehabilita- tion of underground utilities such as the miles of pipes for gas, water and sewers. Though perhaps a little less high-profile, these out-of-sight infra- structure projects are just as important. Taking on one of these behind-the- scenes — though no less extraordi- nary — infrastructure projects was SHELLY & SANDS Inc. (SSI), based in Zanesville, Ohio. Founded in 1944, SSI serves eight major markets in three states and paves more roads in Ohio than any other company. Additionally, SSI has nine aggregate operations with extensive reserves numbering in the thousands of acres. SSI was low-bidder on an ODOT proj- ect to install a sewer system that diverts water from a large existing sewer line through four hydrodynamic separators that clean storm-water runoff before it is discharged into the Scioto River. This was not an easy excavation proj- ect. It was in fact, four different exca- vation projects; each a different depth; some with different soil conditions; some with existing crossing utilities to navigate; and each having different sized pipes, structures, and/or manholes to install within. Complicating matters fur- ther was that the Best Management Prac- tices (BMP) sewer project needed to be installed over a length of one block that was bordered narrowly between a west- ern section of the I-70/71 corridor and an apartment building. No Easy Solution All four excavation points were deeper than 5 ft and required a trench protection system per OSHA regula- tions. "The first thing we considered were trench boxes; possibly using the equipment that we had in our fleet or we could easily rent," said Brian Snode, SHELLY & SANDS' Project Superin- tendent. "But we realized with the soil conditions and the existing utilities that were in the ground, plus the surround- BUILDING THE BACKBONE Zanesville, Ohio's SHELLY & SANDS Inc. recently completed a Best Management Practices infrastructure project for the multi-year Columbus (Ohio) Crossroads I-70/71. SHELLY & SANDS Installs Deep Sewer as Part of Major Highway Project in Ohio By James McRay

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