Keeping The Water at Bay in Philadelphia

Placing the sheet pile with ICE 44D VibroKeeping The Water at Bay in Philadelphia
Editor: Allison Braswell

A variety of piers over the Delaware River waterfront in Northern Philadelphia make the perfect recreational spots for area locals and visitors alike. Some of the most popular activities include catch and release fishing, live concerts, and taking in views of the river. Recent environmental changes, like the current rise in global sea levels, make it difficult to keep these spaces safe for the public and open year-round. With the 10% increase in precipitation in Pennsylvania since the early 1900s, sea level in this area has risen at an average rate of about 2.93 mm (about 0.12 in) a year. This can result in coastal erosion and floods that pose threats to both people and properties. The City of Philadelphia decided to implement a proactive approach in taking control of the tidal flow. 

R.E. Pierson was selected to reconstruct a sheet metal seawall. Utilizing the ICE® 44 Vibratory Pile Driver, the team successfully drove over 65' (feet) of sheet pile, securing the shoreline to protect Philadelphia's attractions, residents, and tourists. This retaining wall will be secured for many years to come due to the overall 180 tons of driving force used to install. R.E. Pierson is recognized by the community for the outstanding commitment to protecting their assets. 

ICE® is proud to have been chosen to assist R.E. Pierson. Their work on environmental projects like this one decreases the harsh effects of climate change in this increasingly wet world!

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