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Soil Borings for New Hospital Project to be Conducted in Coming Weeks

UTICA, N.Y. – In the coming weeks, the firm CME will conduct soil borings adjacent to the site for the Mohawk Valley Health System’s new, regional healthcare campus project.

The soil borings will allow the civil and structural engineers to understand the soil profile in the area for structural capacity, location of groundwater, depth of bedrock, as well as the presence of any contaminants. Information gathered from this work will be incorporated into site and structural analysis.

The initial phase of soil borings will be conducted in the “right of way,” and not on any private land. This testing will begin on Tuesday, October 16 and will take approximately one and a half weeks to complete. Borings will generally be completed daily between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Once each boring test is complete, boring spoils will be placed back in the hole and compacted. If necessary, a concrete cap will be placed on top to cover the hole.

Testing will occur in the following areas in the order listed:

  • Cornelia between Columbia and Lafayette (west side)
  • Columbia west to east (north side)
  • Broadway between Columbia and Lafayette (west side)
  • Lafayette east to west (south side)


Future drilling phase(s) may also occur on property acquired by MVHS or on private property with signed sales agreements under MHVS’s “right to access” option.

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Victoria Gruszczynski
Communications Specialist