March 19, 2015

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Gazette: Officials celebrate milesone in construction of Southern Delivery System


Fox21News: Community celebrates end of SDS pipeline construction


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Pipeline Celebration Video


Pipeline Tunneling Video




SDS Concluding 50 Miles of Pipeline Construction

Community leaders, contractors and partner communities celebrated the end of pipeline construction yesterday at a site adjacent to a recently completed pipe-tunneling project.


See pipeline event video.


Approximately 7,000 50-foot sections of mostly 66-inch diameter, welded-steel blue pipe were installed over the past 3.5 years in El Paso and Pueblo counties. Extensive revegetation has been done throughout the project to restore land disturbed by construction.


The conclusion of pipeline construction brings this $841 million project – including $204 million of that spent on pipe and installation – one step closer to delivering water next year.


“The pipe is the main artery for this water project and we are extremely pleased with how the pipeline construction went,” said John Fredell, SDS Program Director.  “This is our final year of construction after almost two decades of planning," 


Denver-based Northwest Pipe manufactured the SDS pipe. Three prime contractors selected through competitive bid processes managed the installation of different sections through Pueblo and El Paso counties. Garney Construction installed 23 miles of SDS pipeline in various areas, including work at Lake Pueblo State Park, Pueblo West, at the tunnel location, and in Colorado Springs. Pueblo County-based ASI/HCP Constructors built the Pueblo Dam Connection and installed nearly five miles of pipe through Lake Pueblo State Park and about nine miles of pipe in southern El Paso County east of Fountain; and Layne Heavy Civil put in about eight miles of pipe in Pueblo County and six miles in El Paso County.


The three prime contractors for SDS utilized more than 100 Colorado businesses for pipeline construction. Through the end of 2014, an estimated $514 million has gone to more than 390 businesses and entities in Colorado for planning and work on SDS. Of that, $316 million was spent in southern Colorado.


“Over the last three years, the sight of blue pipe on semi-trucks heading south meant prosperity for local businesses and a more secure water future for Colorado Springs and its partners’ communities,” said Fredell.

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