Contractors have started surveying the soil conditions beneath 4 selected streets in Southwest Philadelphia this week. The goal of this project is to test different methods for making a map of how thick the different soil layers are beneath the street in different areas of the Eastwick section of Southwest Philadelphia.
The first phase of the work, which finished during the week of June 17th, involved driving a vehicle with sensors down the street and using sound waves and vibrations to take measurements along streets that are known to have different soil types.
The next phase of the work requires some small holes to be drilled to take samples of the soil to verify that the measurements previously recorded using sound waves and vibrations match up with what is found underground. This work is important to test the accuracy of the surveying method used in June.
The drilling surveys planned for the weeks of July 22 and July 29, Monday through Friday between 8am and 6pm, at the following locations:
- Lindbergh Blvd southwest of S. 84th Street
- S. 84th Street between Lindbergh Blvd and Gibbs Pl along the southern service road
- S. 74th Street between Peregrine Pl and Lindbergh Blvd
- Lindbergh Blvd between Eastwick Ave and S. 70th Street
- Tanager Pl, Plover St, Redwing Pl, and Meadow Lark Pl
The drilling will occur in the street or in grassy areas within the right-of-way with no impact to any private property. Each hole will be plugged with a mixture of cement and soil and the area will be restored as close as possible to what it looked like before the hole was drilled. This work will not disrupt any utilities. However, there will be limited temporary “no parking” restrictions posted in the street at certain locations. Please move vehicles out of any areas posted with “no parking” signs or the vehicles will be relocated to a nearby parking space.
The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience this work may cause, and appreciate the communities patience as this important information is gathered. Please contact the Managing Director’s Office at 215-686-2134 with questions or concerns.