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Expansion requires boring under road....????

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by andyslawncare, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 812

    Guys, I've done plenty of boring private driveways, paths, etc, but have never been asked to bore a public street and cross the utility right of way as this job requires.

    Photo diagram attached.

    The job is for the HOA, which owns land at the entrance and at the outlined circle.

    Does anyone recall a similar situation? I plan to contact the water dept and city building dept on Monday to see if a new meter would be the way to go and if its possible, considering expense to get the wires and water there would be pretty high. I'm not sure of regulations that can hinder the boring under a public street like this, and I'm sure there is something. I know there are water, power, sewage, gas, and multiple cable service laterals in the right of way, which further complicate the legality and technique to proceed with quotation.

    Any advice is appreciated. Boring subcontract can also be negotiated if you are local and interested.

    Thanks for looking!

    Irrigation Expansoion 2012.jpg
  2. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,780

    yeahhh that's not going to happen legally. lol

    your'e going to have to get a new meter and power supply into the island.
  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,694

    Get a new tap. Maybe get a deal because it helps beautify the city. :)
  4. JeffY

    JeffY LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 324

    Not knowing the lot sizes, why not get a subcontractor to bore from the existing tap directly to the island? Have them put in a 2" sleeve and you can run your 1" supply and wire to it or size it accordingly. It's what I have seen done to those entrances that have multiple islands. The subcontractor should be able to get an idea from various utilities the depth when they call a locate.
  5. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,437

    Aint gonna happen. Locators don't give depth measurements.

    What does happen is once located the utilities are potholed with a vac on the responsible parties dime.
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  6. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,437

    Happens all the time Mitch.
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  7. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,390

    yep new meter and dc clock
  8. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 812

    Thanks for the responses guys. I see we're pretty much aiming to get a new meter. Probably instead of paying for power to be included, I'll use a battery operated controller considering there will probably only be 2 zones.

    A direct bore would be around 175', any idea of cost for that?
    A new meter will be around $1300-1500 + double check valve in this county.
  9. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,694

    How can it possibly be that anyone caring about their reputation would want their work to depend on a bore that could be destroyed on a whim of the municipality?
  10. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 812

    I respect your experiences Wet Boots, and have decided to do the job only if a new meter can be installed. I'm aware of the damage potential caused by utility companies and don't want the risk.


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