Lawrence Looks Ahead

by Jeff Heidrick, P.E., (M.ASCE), Associate, Project Manager; Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO,
Philip Ciesielski, P.E., Assistant Director of Utilities; City of Lawrence, Lawrence, KS,
Michael O'Connell, P.E., (M.ASCE), Associate; Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO,
Shawn Wilson, P.E., Senior Environmental Engineer; Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2015, Vol. 85, Issue 12, Pg. 66-71

Document Type: Feature article


For the first phase of a new, 6 mile long water transmission main, the City of Lawrence, Kansas, needed to construct a 36 inch diameter pipeline that would pass beneath a river, a major levee, two rail lines, and a park. By selecting fusible polyvinyl chloride pipe and using horizontal directional drilling to install nearly two-thirds of the initial part of the line, which is 1.25 mile long, the project team overcame several challenges, including those related to corrosion, site access, and maintenance.

Subject Headings: Pipe sizes | Parks | Rail transportation | Levees and dikes | Power transmission | Urban areas | Rivers and streams | Water pipelines | North America | Kansas | United States

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