CLEAN WATER SHREVEPORT | Program Newsletter | Spring 2018
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TRENCHLESS TECHNOLOGY IS SAVING THE CITY OF SHREVEPORT MILLIONS!
The City of Shreveport Department of Engineering & Environmental Services, in conjunction with the Department of Water and Sewerage, is about to become one of the largest users of trenchless technology in the nation.
Engineering and construction work to repair or replace underground sewer lines is being done as part of the federally-mandated Consent Decree, and will eventually result in improved sewer service and cleaner water in our creeks, bayous, and rivers.
According to Director of Water and Sewerage Barbara Featherston, the City is implementing this innovative method to repair the sewer system, and in the process saving the City time and money. “We are using trenchless technology wherever possible throughout the city, because it’s faster, less disruptive and saves millions,” Featherston said.
Cured In Place Pipe Lining (CIPPL) is one trenchless technique that involves installing a durable lining inside the pipe, working from one manhole to another without having to dig up neighborhoods. It’s a safe and environmentally sound solution to repair and replace aging pipes.
The work is being done in five phases, with Phase 1 almost complete and Phase 2 construction just beginning.
Mayor Ollie Tyler added, “When comparing the cost of trenchless technology to traditional open-cut, there is a cost savings of roughly $250 per linear foot. This means the city saved a minimum of $100 million in Phase 1, is projected to save approximately $180 million in Phase 2, and more in Phases 3-5.”
Work in Phase 1 is being completed in the Cedar Grove area. Phase 2 work encompasses Querbes, South Highlands, Westside, Choctaw Bayou, Queensborough and North Highlands neighborhoods. Phase 2 construction should be completed by May 2019, with completion of Phase 3 construction by November 2020.
Jerrick Hall, Project Consultant Manager with Hall Builders, is a Construction Manager and Residential Project Representative for the Clean Water Shreveport Program team, led by the City of Shreveport and CDM Smith.
When Jerrick joined the Clean Water Shreveport Team, he was determined to prove that Hall Builders has local and competent people who can perform and progress in multimillion-dollar programs.
Jerrick had heard about trenchless technology in college (he has a Master’s in Construction Engineering from the University of Alabama) but had never seen it firsthand.
He observed the technology at Suncoast Infrastructure in Florence, MS, then went to Willamsburg, VA to attend the CIPP-Inspector Training Certification Program. The City of Shreveport has committed to installing this liner, and Jerrick committed to ensuring the City would continue to receive a quality product.
As he says, “My family upbringing taught me to continue to seek excellence.” His father, Rickey Hall, is the CEO of Hall Builders.
Now Jerrick has an opportunity to become a teacher for the certifications, which gives the City of Shreveport an opportunity to use local firms to train local people. And as a local contractor, the expertise he’s learned will stay in Shreveport long after the Clean Water Shreveport Program has been completed.
Jerrick Hall and Hall Builders are just one more example of growing the City’s local firms to compete not just locally but regionally and nationally. The Clean Water Shreveport Program team is proud of Jerrick and all he has accomplished.