Telluride Gravel Ventures into New Market with Pipe Fusing Project

June 21, 2012


The Second Park Lateral Pipeline Project for Western Fuels New Horizon Mine in Nucla, Colorado is a project Telluride Gravel wouldn’t typically bid as the scope included HDPE pipe fusing and installation. But with a team dedicated to tackle the challenge and some pre-bid help from fellow Oldcastle Materials company, HK Contractors, Telluride Gravel successfully bid and completed the project.

HDPE pipe fusing is becoming more popular in our area, says General Manager Greg Homan. This project presented an opportunity for us to venture into a new market with construction and utility installation. We had great success with the project and look forward to completing other HDPE pipe installation projects in the future.

Telluride Gravel installed more than 10,300 lineal feet of 24-inch diameter HDPE main pipeline and 4,500 lineal feet of 6 to 8-inch diameter HDPE auxiliary pipeline. Other activities for the project included storm water permit acquisition and compliance, cast-in-place concrete water dissipation structures and up to 2,000 lineal feet of rock excavation that included blasting.

The project was awarded in January 2012. In order to supply irrigation water to adjacent property owners around the newly permitted surface coal mine property, it was critical that the project was completed by March 31st. The project was completed within budget and one week early to the satisfaction of the design engineer and client.