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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #60 on: November 12, 2009, 07:10:32 PM »
I believe that the flag flying half mast at Sears was for the day of mourning for the 13 soldiers killed at Fort Hood.

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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #61 on: November 13, 2009, 09:46:11 AM »
I thought that too, so I checked it out:


STATE: Tuesday only

Flags across New Jersey are at half-staff Tuesday to honor the men and women killed in last week's shooting rampage at Fort Hood. Acting Governor Richard Codey signed the executive order Monday in recognition of the 13 lives lost and the more than two dozen who were injured, including a 20-year-old soldier from Bridgewater.


FEDERAL: through Wednesday

United States President Barack Obama has ordered U.S. Flags on government buildings to be flown at half staff as a modest token of respect for the victims of the shocking Fort Hood shooting massacre that killed 13 people on a U.S. Military base on in Texas. The flags will be flown at half staff through Veterans Day, the National Holiday commemorating veterans on November 11, 2009.



SEARS: Wednesday, Thursday, and it's still at half-staff today

Perhaps they're just extra thoughtful.



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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #62 on: November 13, 2009, 10:36:27 AM »
Either that or they are waiting for the Anderson Street job to be finished.

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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #63 on: November 16, 2009, 05:30:11 PM »
Have you all seen the latest Anderson St update on the city's site?

"11/12/09 Update:  Work is progressing on the Anderson Street sewer lines and is expected to continue for at least another two weeks.  We will provide additional information as it becomes available."

This is informative and up-to-date? This is the extent of the information available to the city in the last 2 weeks?

Where's all the info about the new problems that have popped up? What about the possibility of the work going beyond Main and Anderson? What about the extended timetable that we already know will take us until the end of the year?

This "update" tells us nothing. The city should be INFORMING us - not insulting our intelligence.



I was told by some workers today that the schedule for completion of work between Union and Main appears to be 6-8 weeks, assuming no other problems pop up. One guy said he thought the project was only going as far as mid-Main and not to River St.

The 45'-deep groundwater is being drained. Should take a week.

The street is opened up again right in the middle of the block and the sheet piles are being pounded into the ground again. What seems strange is that this is being done right where it had been done before.

Remember "Steelhenge"? It's been recreated in the same spot. I'm sure there's a good reason, but it seems odd to the casual observer.

Guess what? You can see in the second picture that the Sears flag is still at half staff! Maybe it IS related to Anderson St. But at this stage, I think the proper flag etiquette would be to fly it upside-down.



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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #64 on: November 24, 2009, 03:40:19 PM »
Below are 3 images from last Friday and 4 more from today. It appears that a lot of work was done in those 3 days (they were off Sunday).

There was a long opening - wide and deep - on Friday and today it was getting asphalt. A couple of smaller holes are present and I was told Friday that another large opening - closer to Main St - still has to be made.

I was also told on Friday that they are NOT going past Main St to River St and that they HOPED to git 'er done a week before Christmas. Bear in mind that the things I'm told are guesstimates/hopes and are always subject to change.

One part of the work area today looked like butterscotch and another smelled like tar - an interesting sensory combo.



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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #65 on: November 24, 2009, 04:19:55 PM »
And how about the Sears flag?

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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #66 on: November 24, 2009, 06:37:54 PM »
And how about the Sears flag?

I have NO idea what that smelled like.  ;D



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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #67 on: November 24, 2009, 07:25:02 PM »
Spoken like a true Craftsman.

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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #68 on: November 25, 2009, 04:11:03 PM »
Today, the first big street opening appears done and work on the second one - closer to Main St - has begun.



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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #69 on: November 25, 2009, 04:24:46 PM »
Sometimes when no one's around to operate them, the large apparatuses seem to group together on Anderson St and make strange metal-on-metal sounds. It looks a bit like this:





Now I know why.

This little guy entered the world around the corner on Ward St last night, weighing in at one ton, 15 ounces.





Awww......ain't he cute?



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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #70 on: November 25, 2009, 05:24:58 PM »
Definitely a boy.

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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #71 on: December 01, 2009, 04:20:02 PM »
TODAY'S SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

The right lane on southbound Main St approaching Anderson was blocked off because of the work, so I guess it'll be a little slow-going there for a while.

Lotsa stuff on the street today and lotsa pounding of sheet piling into the ground, as you can see below. You can also see a mysterious shadow taking pictures in the fourth image.

I also tried my cell video cam on the soothing sounds of a piling installation:

http://xrl.us/1Dec09Anderson

Bear in mind that the video host blows up the screen size substantially and a cell phone video screen size is very small.



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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #72 on: December 02, 2009, 03:00:17 PM »
This is a video I took from my apartment on August 25, 2009 when the Anderson St crew was working 24 hours a day. Oddly enough, they're shown doing the exact same work that the new crew is doing today (and yesterday, as I posted then).

http://xrl.us/25Aug09Anderson

To the outsider, it seems roughly analogous to a toothless man who was given a new set of dental implants, then has them all extracted, and then has a second set put in.

<a href="http://v6.tinypic.com/player.swf?file=2dwamq1&amp;s=6" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">http://v6.tinypic.com/player.swf?file=2dwamq1&amp;s=6</a>
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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #73 on: December 02, 2009, 03:59:01 PM »
 
At least the toothless guy will have a set of pearly white choppers to show for his efforts. If and when the Anderson Street project is ever finished, the underground work will be paved over to remain just another unseen tribute to life in the Big City.
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Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« Reply #74 on: December 04, 2009, 06:32:05 PM »
Work continues on the opening by Main St.

As I was leaving, I saw a long flatbed with some sheet piling on it that looked like it was about to enter the western closed-off area. I heard them tell the driver that he'd have to BACK it in!

I couldn't see how that could happen. He was already facing the wrong way, there's not much room in which to maneuver there - especially with traffic on Union and Anderson - and it was a flatbed truck that looked like it was a block long.

He backed up and turned onto Union. Then he made his first attempt and backed into some barriers near the entrance. On the second try, he made it!

Nice driving.



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