Why Trenchless

Not all tunneling techniques are created equal! Discover why Midwest Mole prefers trenchless technology.

Minimizing Impact, Maximizing Results

Trenchless technology is the focus here at Midwest Mole, which often leads to questions about what trenchless tunneling really involves, and why it’s a superior method to traditional techniques. At its most basic level, the trenchless process involves digging a tunnel underneath roads, railways, or bodies of water, which is much less disruptive to the world around us.

Trenchless tech isn’t always an option on every single job site, but we do prefer this method whenever possible. At Midwest Mole, our top priority is to complete every job on schedule, while minimizing our impact on the environment and our society ― trenchless tunneling techniques help us do just that!

Advantages of Trenchless

Fewer Disruptions

With more traditional tunneling methods like open cut excavation, there is far more impact on society than there is with trenchless. After all, if you dig under a road with heavy traffic, you can do the work without disturbing traffic, whereas if you use the open cut method, you would likely need to close the road and reroute traffic along other streets. With trenchless technology, we can install new pipes, repair existing sewer lines, and accomplish a variety of other tasks without disrupting everyday life on the surface.

Environmental Impact

Trenchless tunneling is also a great way to minimize environmental impacts. Especially when it comes to digging under creeks, rivers, and lakes, the ability to reduce our effect on the water is a huge benefit, and we also don’t disturb any animal populations that may be living on the surface. Furthermore, when you’re digging and excavating large trenches ― and then working in an exposed open cut ― there’s more air pollution than there is with trenchless methods.

Lower Overall Cost

You can also often save money with trenchless, largely because it helps avoid relocating existing utilities. Other tunneling methods are more disruptive to underground utilities, and whether you move those utilities or reroute your excavation plans to work around them, your costs can skyrocket in a big hurry. Even though trenchless technology is slightly more expensive than open cut excavation, in the long run it often saves money by preventing problems with existing utilities.


Most importantly, trenchless is often safer, especially when dealing with tight spaces that would require steep excavations. Because there’s no need to dig trenches, it’s easier to avoid issues like mud and water in the tunnel, and landslides are basically nonexistent. In addition, because less ground is affected by trenchless tunneling, there’s also fewer surprises regarding what might be hiding in the soil. You never know when you’re going to encounter unexpected hazards underground, and the less soil you’re moving, the better.

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