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Traditional versus Directional Boring: What’s the Difference?

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Today, trenching is the most common method for installing and connecting utilities. Even though it is widely used, this traditional method still has some limitations. For example, you can only use traditional trenching methods when you can disturb the ground above the utility location. If there are roadways, buildings, or other obstructions, trenching cannot occur, and another method must be used.

Traditional versus Directional Boring: What’s the Difference?

When there are obstructions above the ground preventing the trenching process from moving forward, you can rely on directional boring instead. Directional boring also involves digging a trench, but it can go under sidewalks, rivers, houses, and roads. This makes it a viable alternative for complex cable and utility line repair and installation projects.

Besides the method of trenching, the main difference between traditional trenching and directional boring is the cost. When compared to directional boring, the cost for trenching is typically lower. But this process has more limitations than directional boring, and you may have to put a halt on the project if you cannot easily access the ground below. Directional boring makes sense and is well worth the investment for projects where you need to preserve structures above ground while still accessing trenches below.

When you start your next project, choose directional boring over traditional trenching for reduced project disruption and greater access. For more information about this trenching process or to schedule a site estimate, contact us today.