Saturday, August 2, 2014

Year 2, Day 277: 2 August 2014

The substation has been a busy place this past week, as things are being inspected and the final details are being taken care of. 

On Thursday, the last of the fencing was taken down from under the viaduct, and workers and inspectors were on the newly painted lower roof to make sure things are working as they should.

On Friday, the conduit was removed from the viaduct, while other last minute activity went on at track level. The work trailer was also removed at some point on Friday afternoon.

By Saturday morning, the sidewalk on the south side of Farwell was open for the first time in 21 months! There is still some landscaping work that needs to be done, and the gravel slope visible in the picture directly above will get some added terracing, but the end of this long project is on the horizon and the substation is very close to being up and running. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Year 2, Day 269: 25 July 2014

This solitary worker was putting some finishing touches on the area around the boxes on the lower roof on Thursday and Friday. Otherwise, it's continue to be pretty quiet in the last half of the week. 

NB. Unless something spectacular happens (like a ribbon-cutting ceremony complete with fireworks and a marching band), i will be taking a break from this and my other blogs for the next couple of weeks to focus on personal matters. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Year 2, Day 266: 22 July 2014

The track work continued this morning. As the few remaining workers make their way through the punch list on the interior of the substation, there aren't many opportunities for action shots or much new to report.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Year 2, Day 263: 19 July 2014

Saturday morning track work.
The CTA has posted a new flyer around the neighborhood, stating that work
on the tracks from Granville to Howard will continue for the next four weeks.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Year 2, Day 262: 18 July 2014

I haven't posted much lately because there hasn't been much to see. The work on the exterior of the substation seems to be finished (although there is some activity on the roof today). The work on the interior also seems to be close to completion; it looks like a lot of what's been happening lately has been related to final inspections to make sure everything is as it should be. There has been a good bit of activity on the tracks this week -- as these pictures show -- and i assume that means we are very close to having a fully operational substation.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Year 2, Day 254: 10 July 2014

Every day another of the final details is completed. The area at the north end of the site was filled in with concrete sidewalk today. At the end of the day, the fencing was replaced, but it won't be long now until it is gone for good. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Year 2, Day 253: 9 July 2014

Here is a glimpse behind the last piece of construction fence, at the north end of the substation site (at the corner of Farwell & Glenwood). The fence was removed briefly today while the concrete ramp (upper picture) and curb (lower picture) were poured.