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Utilities Share Trenches and Costs

Fortnightly Magazine - February 1 1997

Idaho Power Co. (IP) has joined with Intermountain Gas Co., U S WEST, and TCI Cable in the Joint Utilities Trench Program, which places electric, gas, and telecommunications, wires, cables, pipes, and conduits into a single trench rather than individual trenches for each service provider.

The arrangement applies to new residential and commercial subdivisions, apartment complexes, and residential services. By using a single, joint trench, developers expect to reduce overall installation time for electric, gas, and telephone service in a new subdivision by as much as 70 percent.

IP estimates it could save more than $1 million annually through reduced trench costs. A demonstration program saved IP $121,000 on 93,000 feet of trenching.

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