Vacuum Technology Clears Miles of Track

Staff | September 28, 2010

Phoenix— Specialized Services Co. used its fleet of System 4000 Vacuum Excavators recently to clear debris from more than eight miles of track and allow Metro Light Rail to safely expand testing to the majority of its new line across the valley.

Two months after its initial introduction in downtown Phoenix, Metro Light Rail was ready to begin testing trains from Mesa through downtown to the intersection of Central and McDowell Road. Prior to testing, however, debris that had settled on the tracks during the three-year construction process had to be cleared to avoid damage to the trains during the testing process.

With two vacuum trucks in tow, SSC crews worked more than 12 hours consecutively to clear the track, starting from the Central and McDowell Road intersection and working south down 1st Avenue to Jefferson, then east to 26th Street and Washington.

"We use the Vacuum trucks mostly for utility potholing," said Aaron Veidmark, VP/Vacuum Division manager for SSC. "We've also done some other pretty interesting projects, such as excavating under a historic house at ASU. We've always said that the vacuum excavator had unlimited applications, and this is just one more example of how versatile it really is."