|Petty's Run - Capital Park Project
Trenton, New Jersey
Petty’s Run, located in Trenton, NJ, is an underground culvert. It no longer functions as an active waterway, but rather a conduit for storm water run-off. Its stone side walls date from 1814 and are from a different building episode than its brick vaulting, which was erected around 1876. In 1914 substantial cover material was laid atop the culvert, leading to the current excavation initiatives.
The unearthing of Petty’s Run is part of a larger urban planning project, intended to highlight and celebrate some of Trenton’s hidden historic remnants. Our investigation of Petty’s Run was twofold. First, evaluate the existing structure to determine if unearthing the culvert might potentially jeopardize its historic fabric and then, if necessary, to design an appropriate bracing plan. Our second role was to oversee the general excavation and provide benching plans and shoring designs throughout the site to ensure safe working conditions.
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