Posted on February 29, 2024

Subsurface Exploration Program on the Road (Borings): What to Expect

In both the Camden and Gloucester County communities, Summit Drilling Company is on-site at different locations to take soil samples, using either a truck or track-mounted drill rigs. This work is being done to evaluate the ground conditions for the future construction of the Glassboro-Camden Line. While this work (borings) can cause temporary disruptions, understanding the process can ease concerns and help you navigate the situation safely.

Here’s what you can expect to see:


  • All required permits for this work will be in place, from agencies having jurisdiction.
  • The area is marked with cones, signs, and barriers to create a safe work zone, and traffic is rerouted around the work zone.
  • Crews are equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) such as reflective vests and hard hats.
  • Expect some noise and dust during this initial phase.

The Drilling:

  • Drilling can generate noise, vibrations, and dust. In some areas, traffic flow might be reduced or diverted to minimize disruptions.
  • Crews will take necessary precautions to manage dust, debris, and ensure safety for workers and pedestrians. All debris will be confined within the work zone.
  • Work will be typically performed between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM.
  • Typically, each boring will require 1 to 3 days, depending upon the depth of the boring.


  • Once drilling is complete, the crew will backfill and restore the disturbed area back to a similar original condition.
  • Be aware of potential uneven surfaces or changes in road markings during the restoration phase.
  • Subsurface exploration work (borings) are due to be completed by June 2024.

Safety Tips:

  • Always obey traffic signs and directions from flaggers or law enforcement personnel.
  • Reduce your speed and maintain extra caution when driving adjacent to the work zones.
  • Be mindful of construction workers and their equipment.
  • If you have concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to contact the project authorities or local transportation department.

By staying informed and practicing caution, you can navigate these situations smoothly and safely.