Today sidewalks will be laid out. The back walk has already been excavated and references are now being drawn. (reflection from inside window)
Sidewalks will be 4' wide, the current standard. Quite an improvement over 18"!
Excavation for the driveway turnaround
A lot of good topsoil was scraped up for the sidewalks and turnaround. The crew saved as much as possible for landscaping and grading.
Blending the sidewalk to the back porch
Framing ready at the back porch
Back walk extending to the turnaround (reflections from inside window)
Reference line for north edge of driveway
North edge of driveway
Vic Pezzot excavating for the front walk. Aargh -- there goes more good turf!
Reference line for front walk
Turns out that the front roof drain tile ran under the old walk. A section of tile had elevated and was broken by the track hoe -- hole in center foreground.
Broken drain tile section
Vic has removed the broken section and is clearing space for a replacement section
Bell joint detail. The inside seems pretty clean for 47 years' service!
PVC will serve as a replacement
Not that it ran very STRAIGHT under the old walk...
Bridging with PVC
Fully repaired drain tile
This was a high-traffic day all around. From left: concrete crew, appliance delivery, street paving, concrete crew, and RKBILD1.
The paving process staged a seemingly endless series of dump trucks in the far reaches of the neighborhood. Rick goes out to help ease the Rushmore & Sawmill traffic past "project" vehicles.
Paving parade heading up Sawmill
The machine that chews up the pavement is called a cold milling machine. It's waiting on the next dump truck.
Dump trucks lead the parade...
...fed by the cold milling machine...
...followed by a skid loader scraping up small debris...
...with a street sweeper bringing up the rear
The paving parade turns down Rushmore
Reference for south edge of driveway
Getting ready to mark and frame the turnaround
South end of turnaround
Yet another corner of something
Front walk framed, with a nice curve up to the porch
From garage looking southeast
From garage looking northeast
The turnaround was planned at 380sf but the city imposed a 250sf limit. We think two cars could sit side-by-side, but they might be awfully cozy.
The front walk will come off the driveway in a nice graduated curve
Already my eye is accustomed to the spacious new design. The old walk ran more or less INSIDE the inner edge of the new!