Sarasota News Leader

11/15/2013

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AT LAST, AN EXPLANATION Drivers on U.S. 41 in Sarasota last year could get a view of the stalled first construction attempt involving Lift Station 87 in Luke Wood Park just south of downtown. Photo by Norman Schimmel A CONSULTANT DISCUSSES WHY THE MICROTUNNELING MIGHT HAVE FAILED IN THE FIRST EFFORT TO COMPLETE THE LIFT STATION 87 PROJECT By Stan Zimmerman City Editor While everybody knows it did not work, no real reason had been offered for the failure of the microtunneling effort under Hudson Bayou to connect about one-third of the city to a new sewage lift station under construction in Luke Wood Park. series of graphs to explain what could have happened. Kimberlie Staheli, president of Staheli Trenchless Consultants, is in her appearance the antithesis of a rough-and-ready driller. She may be slender and blonde, but lateral During a Tuesday, Nov. 12, update meeting with drilling is her engineering expertise. "We now know quite a bit about the city and private what happened," she engineers working We now know quite a bit about said. on a second attempt, a geotechnical engi- what happened. A year ago the city fired neer from Washington AECOM Technology Kimberlie Staheli state with more than Corp., the firm that President Staheli Trenchless Consultants 20 years experience in came up with a plan to install a huge sewer microtunneling used a

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