UDOT Unveiled A New Toy To Make Work Go Quicker

WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH (ABC4 UTAH) - The Utah Department of Transportation has a new machine that will save construction workers time on projects.
 
It’s called Hydro Demolition. The machine uses 36,000 PSI of water to cut through 3-4 inches of cement in just seconds.
 
"Hydro Demolition is an innovative technique. We are saving a lot of money because its a lot more precise and quicker," said I-215 reconstruction project manager Oanh Le-Spradlin. 
 
The jet stream of water is 24 time more powerful than your home power washer. 
UDOT operators can monitor the water stream and the depth of each cut with one simple click.
 
"It is less destructive to the environment, and it is a much quicker method so that we can get the lanes back to the traveling public," Oanh Le-Spradlin adds.
 
While one machine cuts, another sucks up the water. This allows UDOT to recycle the water during the process.  
 
"We are able to use the rebar because it is being preserved. It’s being protected by the water. So we are not actually touching it," she said.
 
Plus, motorists won’t have to worry about a lot of dust in the air while passing through the construction zone. 
 
UDOT believes with the success of the hydro demolition machine, you can expect to see it at construction projects across the state. 

 


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