In May 2010, Specialized Services Company (SSC) began a horizontal auger boring project at the City of Glendale, Arizonas Oasis Water Treatment Plant as part of an expansion of the plant. SSCs scope of work consisted of digging and shoring a bore pit and then auger boring for 310 to install a 54 x .750 wall steel casing that would carry a 36 ductile water line.
The bore would cross underneath both directions of busy Grand Avenue, an active BSNF mainline railroad track and into the Oasis Treatment facility. The purpose of this new line is to carry water from multiple well sites in the area into the treatment plant to be treated and then distributed as potable water to the growing community.
Having completed hundreds of bores around the southwest, SSC is accustomed to performing auger bores such as this one to install lines where open cutting is not feasible. Each of these bores has its own unique challenges, and this was no exception. One of the owners of SSC, Aaron Veidmark, took on the role of project manager and used his nearly two decades of boring experience to meet the challenges of this project head on and deliver a successful product.