Strip Mall Savior

Tunneling machine helps a contractor replace lateral lines and restore sewer service to businesses.
Strip Mall Savior
Jim Voudy (left) and John Mahana (right) of Roddie Underground Construction help guide the 6.5-foot-diameter corrugated steel casing into place as Gustavo Barajas lifts it with the Gradall excavator.

Sand leeching into a corroded 4-inch cast iron lateral caused sewage backups into a restaurant (which had to close), a check cashing service, and a bank on one block of a Santa Cruz, Calif., strip mall. High groundwater enabled sewage to wick up through the sand and the mall’s...

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