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Another Major Milestone: Utilities Completely Relocated at the Phillies’ New Ballpark Site

Mon February 18, 2002 - National Edition
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Another milestone was just reached when all utilities on 10th Street within the Philadelphia Phillies’ New Ballpark project site were successfully relocated.

Working in coordination with the New Ballpark construction team, crews from PECO, Philadelphia Gas Works, the Philadelphia Water and Sewer Department and the City Streets Department, relocated all of the power, water and sewage lines buried at the project site. The relocation of the lines beneath the portion of 10th Street that cut through the center of the ballpark, spanning from home plate to the outfield entertainment area, is key to the construction team’s ability to completely dig the recessed field and seating bowl. The 10th Street lines were rerouted to streets on the Ballpark’s perimeter.

The extensive process of relocating the utilities began last summer and continued throughout the fall. By January 2002, excavation for the new ballpark was underway. Additionally, the demolition of the former Jetro Warehouse facility was completed during the last several weeks.

John Stranix, project manager of the Phillies’ New Ballpark said, "The project is progressing well with so many cooperating factors - an outstanding construction team, full support from the utility companies and the City, and good weather. We will continue to meet every construction deadline and have the ballpark ready to open in April 2004."

"The New Ballpark site has undergone a remarkable transformation in a matter of weeks," said David Montgomery, general partner and president of the Philadelphia Phillies. "I have no doubt that those who drive on Pattison Avenue and see the progress first-hand will be impressed by what has been accomplished in this month alone."

Now that the utilities have been relocated within the project site and excavation is well underway, fans can expect the following to happen within the remainder of 2002:

o Excavation will be completed;

o The ballpark’s foundation will be prepared, with steel piles driven into the ground;

o Concrete foundation walls and the main concourse will be poured; and

o Vertical steel construction will commence.

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