Taylor Wiseman & Taylor received a contract to provide Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) along the route of a proposed UGI natural gas pipeline in Keyser Avenue, Scranton, PA, over a distance of just under four (4) miles. Over 50 observation test holes were performed to locate existing utilities that could potentially conflict with the proposed pipeline.
Underground locations were performed using Taylor Wiseman & Taylor’s vacuum excavation vehicles. In addition to the vacuum equipment on these vehicles, these vehicles are self-contained, equipped also with air compressor, pavement cutter, jack hammers, compactors and flashing traffic directional arrow boards. Vacuum excavation allows for the removal of the soil above a utility line without the need for a conventional shovel-type excavator and large excavations. Typical test holes disturb an area of approximately one (1) square foot.
The work is part of UGI Utilities infrastructure improvements. UGI Utilities, Inc., a natural gas and electric utility, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UGI Corporation, based in Valley Forge. Headquartered in Reading, PA, UGI Utilities, Inc. consists of two divisions, UGI Penn Natural Gas, Inc. and UGI Central Penn Gas, Inc., both of which also provide gas service.