Saturday, September 13, 2014

Year 2, Day 317: 11 September 2014: Back to the Substation

Thursday morning: working on the terracing.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Year 2, Day 315: 9 September 2014: Back to the Substation

I don't know if it is a form of Stockholm Syndrome, but over the course of twenty months of occasionally floor-shakingly noisy construction right outside my window, i grew to love the substation project. And now that the major construction is done and there is rarely any discernible activity on the site, i find myself missing it. I tried to generate some interest in the water-main replacement work on Farwell, but honestly, i just want that job to be done as quickly as possible so we can all go back to parking our cars and taking our bubble-baths in peace and quiet. I simply can't generate the same kind of interest in that job as i did to the substation. So, i was delighted today to see a handful of workers back on the job today, working on the small gravel slope at the north end of the substation.  At the end of the day, it looked like they were still in the middle of doing whatever they are doing, so i hope to have more to report in the coming days. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Year 2, Day 310: 4 September 2014; New Chapter: Replacing the Water Mains on Farwell Ave. (Week 2 Continues)

The water main work continues moving steadily eastward. I happened upon this interesting scene this morning while walking the dog. As you can imagine, this huge, heavy, and ungainly piece of concrete (I think it's called a catch basin, but am not 100% sure) made very slow progress as it was transported east on Farwell. I saw it approaching from Ashland, and it travelled like this to about Lakewood.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Year 2, Day 308: 2 September 2014; New Chapter: Replacing the Water Mains on Farwell Ave. (Week 2 Begins)

A small manlift arrived at the substation site today, so apparently a little fine-tuning is still going on.
But the bigger story of the moment continues to be the water main replacement work on Farwell. Regrettably, i was not on the spot early this morning, but was told by a reliable source that the existing water main was hit and briefly did its best impersonation of Buckingham Fountain. Nevertheless, the work is proceeding very quickly and it looks like the major work (aside from repaving) has been completed between Wayne and Glenwood. 
Meanwhile, another of my reliable sources encountered someone from AT&T spray-painting markings on the roadway on the section of Glenwood east of the L tracks between Pratt and Farwell. When asked, the man explained that AT&T will be digging up the street for some reason or other. Yay to infrastructure upgrades; boo to additional headaches for car owners. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Year 2, Day 305: 30 August 2014; New Chapter: Replacing the Water Mains on Farwell Ave. Labor Day Weekend Special

It's Labor Day weekend, a time to put work aside and enjoy these last days of summer. Even the machines are at rest, reposing here on the 1400 block of Farwell, until it is time to get back to the business of replacing water mains next week.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Year 2, Day 304: 29 August 2014; New Chapter: Replacing the Water Mains on Farwell Ave. (Week 1)

The water main replacement seems to be progressing quickly and smoothly. 
Just be careful where you park, folks, or you might get towed! 
Here are a few scenes from the past few days. 

Meanwhile, I haven't noticed anything new going on at the substation.

Tight squeeze

Scoring the pavement to make it easier to dig up

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Year 2, Day 298: 23 August 2014; New Chapter: Replacing the Water Mains on Farwell Ave. (Day 1)

It seems only fitting that i have moved and lost my my unique vantage point on the substation now that the project is just about complete. I still live close enough to see most of what's going on, but in all honesty, there isn't much activity to record anymore. I will maintain the running count of days since the project began until the substation is fully operational; but in the meantime, i thought i'd shift gears a bit and record the latest in a seemingly never-ending series of neighborhood improvements: the replacement of the water mains on Farwell Ave. Since i assume that many of my readers either live in Rogers Park or like looking at pictures of big machinery in operation, this will hopefully fill the void created by the end of major construction on the substation. I doubt that i will have the same kind of helpful access to information from the water main crew as i have had from the substation team, but i should at least be able to get some good pictures.

Work began on the project yesterday and, according to the no-parking signs posted, is due to be completed within one month (fingers crossed). As inconvenient as it will be to once again lose parking spaces on Farwell (and presumably have at least a portion of the street closed to traffic), it's hard to argue with the need to replace 100-year-old water mains. 

Cars being towed 
I have no idea what this machine is called: i just call it the street-eater.
Whatever you call it, it's pretty cool to watch!

Digging up the corer of Farwell and Greenview. 

Saturday morning: the street-eater in repose