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Locating utilities

Thursday, May 17, 2012

An employee of Blood Hounds Underground Utility Locators performs vacuuming excavation on United States 40 near Emmert Realty Thursday. The Company has been checking utility line locations along U.S. 40 in recent weeks for the City of Brazil as part of the Indiana Department of Transportation's U.S. Project, scheduled to begin in 2013. [Order this photo]
*City hires firm to do utility work as part of U.S. 40 Project

For the past week, officials with Blood Hound Underground Utility Locators, Brownsburg, have been checking on utility lines along United States 40 (National Avenue) in Brazil.

On Thursday, they were checking for a utility line in front of Emmert Realty.

Officials told The Brazil Times they were performing vacuum excavation, which is essentially soft digging, as to not damage existing utility lines. According to the organization's website, bhug.com, vacuum excavation is used to "confirm locations and depth of lines, as well as, to provide clearance for soil sampling locations."

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham told The Times the company was hired to do the work by the city per the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).

Cities and towns along U.S. 40 had the responsibility of having all utility lines checked to see if they needed to be replaced or moved prior to the beginning of the U.S. 40 project, which is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2013.

"We want to make sure we get our part done," Wyndham said. "It has to be the (city's) responsibility to do this. We have to find and locate the utility lines."

Blood Hound was contracted by the city approximately one month ago to complete the project.

Blood Hound also performs utility construction, utility mapping, ground penetrating radar (GPR) and fiber optic pip inspection cameras, among other tasks.

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