By Mike Kynett, PE

Open-cut utility replacements can be time-consuming, disruptive to the public, and expensive, depending on surface restoration requirements. Deep replacements can be exceptionally costly and technically challenging to complete. Crowded utility corridors add additional challenges and safety concerns. That’s why some municipalities or utility owners choose to use trenchless replacement methods rather than open-cut replacements. Pipe bursting is a trenchless alternative that may work well for your next project. Here are some things to know about pipe bursting that may help you decide if this method suits your project.