El Paso Water Writes About How Teamwork Fosters Tunnel Project

Written By: Nicole McBride

Date: August 12, 2021

Engineers know full coordination is critical to the success of all construction projects. No one knows this better than the various team members who worked on El Paso Water’s Canal Street Tunnel Project.  

As EPWater moves to address aging infrastructure across El Paso, the utility’s attention centered on replacing deteriorating lines in charge of providing water to the Downtown community. Complicating the project was the path of the water line, which required tunneling beneath 10 sets of railroad tracks, which had to remain in use. This meant the traditional open cut method or trenching could not be used. 

Minimizing the project’s impact to the busy Downtown area was important. 

Michael Ramirez, project manager for Parkhill, credited EPWater’s community outreach procedures as well as contractors for notifying Downtown residents and businesses of the project’s scope.

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