Friday, January 18, 2013

Day 82, 18 January 2013

The big day has arrived and we are all bracing ourselves for what Alderman Joe Moore warns will be an "extremely loud" weekend. There's a lot of activity this morning, affecting not only Glenwood, but Farwell and even Pratt as well. Here is how things were looking at 8:30 this morning:

The area under construction at the southwest corner of the intersection of Glenwood and Farwell: 

More of the embankment has been leveled and wooden beams placed to shore things up.
The intersection of Pratt and Glenwood:

The dumpsters for all the residential buildings on the west side of the 6800 block of Wayne  were moved to the corner of Pratt Blvd. when work on the project resumed last week.
Residents of the block have to negotiate their way along this narrow passage to dispose of their trash.

Equipment lined up along Pratt Blvd. east of the L track

 Farwell Ave. between Wayne and Glenwood:

* Update 11:15 AM: Here's a closer look at the progress that was made this morning. It's nice to finally see the behemoth Grad-All in action.

** Update 3:30 PM: And finally, the purpose of all those heavy timbers is revealed. I wish that i had seen the actual process of raising this heavy piece of machinery onto the platform. 

*** Update: 5:00 PM: All is peaceful at the moment. The noisy phase of the work is slated to begin at 9:00 this evening and continue round the clock until Monday morning. In the meantime, your humble blogger is going to take a nap since this will probably be the last opportunity to sleep this weekend.

**** Update: 9:00 PM: When this crew says they're starting at 9:00, they mean it! 
There is an enormous crane on the site; it towers over the three-story buildings on the block.
I tried to get a picture of it but it's too dark and my camera is too meager to capture the full elevation of the thing, so i'll give it another try in the morning. In the meantime, here are a few final shots for this evening, complete with dramatic lighting; somehow i imagine "The Ride of the Valkyries" playing in the background. 

1 comment:

  1. Great photos. I too was surprised to see that big piece of equipment up on the embankment. I think it's the pile driver that will set the steel pilings into the ground.

    The big crane must have made the lift.


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