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Construction Update May 7, 2010

Due to some wet weather and scheduling concerns, paving of the site drive was pushed back, however some other projects at the sit were able to continue. The retaining wall at the new 84 Lumber site has shown a great deal of progress and this update will show the structure at about 35% complete. Up in the Newbury residential area, the placement of subbase continued along with some further earthwork, sanitary sewer testing and water line installation. There is some good news, paving has commenced since these photos were taken so be sure to check back soon for another update.

Please consult the site maps below as a reference to photo location and direction.

(Newbury Market)


(Point 1, Newbury Market)

This update begins with a panoramic view of the entire 84 Lumber site. Currently, the focus at this location is the retaining wall located on the left side of this shot. Large concrete blocks are interlocked along the slope under Presto Sygan Road in order to prevent the slope from collapsing and provide a means for water run-off.

(Point 2, Newbury Market)

(Point 2, Newbury Market)

These two photos provide a look at the opposing views of the structure. In its current state, the wall is about 35 percent complete.

(Point 3, Newbury Market)

(Point 2, Newbury Market)

In this series of photos, you can see a black cloth sticking out along the top of the wall. This cloth is called filter fabric and it surrounds the underdrain pipe, along with stone bedding, in order to prevent the transportation of silt. In the first and third shots, you can see the underdrain exiting the stone and cloth and forming small pools. Eventually, this pipe will be connected to the rest of the system.

(Point 4, Newbury Market)

The first two photos of this group show an excavator placing fill behind the wall, while the third shot shows a crewmember compacting the fill to make the wall more stable and efficient.

(Point 5, Newbury Market)

Here is a view of the blocks that will be placed in the wall. This view provides a good look at the interlocking system that the wall employs. The round protrusions on the top of the blocks fit perfectly on to the round cutouts on the under side.

(Point 6, Newbury Market)

To close the retail portion of this update, we’ve included a panorama view of the entire section. Included are the two main surcharges that have been featured in many of the previous updates.

(Point 1, Newbury)

We’ll begin the residential update with some shots of the subbase operation. The first photo shows a loader spreading type 2 subbase on top of the larger rocks associated with type 1. A road grader then follows and gets the road closer to final grade. Following this process, a roller goes over the road and compacts the subbase to reach final grade in preparation for the asphalt.

(Point 2, Newbury)

Here’s a shot from further up the site drive hill that shows how the underdrain pipes tie into each other. Along the bottom of the photo, you can see the drain go under ground before it turns the corner and continues down the hill.

(Point 2, Newbury)

These photos provide a good look at the location of the line in comparison to the road. In the first shot of the group, notice the hole in the storm inlet. In the future, another pipe will be fitted at this location in order to continue the network of drains through the rest of the development.

(Point 2, Newbury)

(Point 3, Newbury)

The black cloth that can be seen under the subbase in the road area is known as paving fabric. This product helps to minimize water infiltration and prevent future cracks in the pavement. Also, notice the black pipes sticking out of the ground along the left side of the last photo. These a storm water laterals that will connect to rain leaders and further improve the storm water drainage system through Newbury.

(Point 4, Newbury)

This group of photos shows two small excavators digging trenches for underdrain on the left and the water line on the right. The second shot of the group shows the trench lining up with the existing storm inlet. While the last shot, shows a compactor that will be used to tamp the trench following the excavator work.

(Point 5, Newbury)

(Point 6, Newbury)

Here are a few shots of low-side lots located between the two cul-de-sacs. As detailed in previous updates, the slope at the front of these lots will allow the homes to feature walk-out basements.

(Point 7, Newbury)

This photo shows the grading for the lots along the back side of the development. Notice that these lots closely resemble the low-side lots previously shown. The focus of this shot, however deals with the yellow flags running from the right side to the center of the photo. These flags show the location of the gas line.

(Point 8, Newbury)

When completing earthwork these flags become dislodged and other techniques must be employed. This device ties into the gas line and sends a signal that is received by the handheld device on the ground in the middle of this shot. A crew member patrols the ground and uses the device much like a metal detector to locate the pipe and notify the operator.

(Point 9, Newbury)

(Point 10, Newbury)

These two shots show how the crew member and operator work in tandem to complete this task.

(Point 11, Newbury)

Let’s head back down the site drive now and get a few more looks at the subbase operation. This wide shot shows a loader (left), a gradall (center) and a grader, all working at the same time.

(Point 12, Newbury)

These two photos provide a look at the versatility of a Gradall excavator as it works around a manhole. The machine does require further help though, from some crewmembers to put the finishing touches on the area.

(Point 11, Newbury)

(Point 13, Newbury)

(Point 14, Newbury)

(Point 15, Newbury)

This update comes to a close with a few photos that lead you down the site drive to Presto Sygan Road. There a few things to look for in these shots, one being that only half of the road is covered in subbase. This is done to allow easy access for smaller vehicles while also providing an avenue for heavier trucks, so that they do not hurt the integrity of the paving. The other focus is the new trailer located near the bottom of the hill. The trailer will soon be the home of our sales team and will help a great deal in catering to needs of potential homeowners.

The next construction update will feature a variety of photos that detail the paving operation. This operation is a well coordinated effort and the pavement is the next step as the community begins to take shape.

All photos can be viewed in a larger size in the gallery below.