Road Work, Part IV

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Photos by MJ Klein

This morning, the road crew was back, hard a work to fix up the road.  I took a few shots from my 4th floor balcony and then went down to the road later to check things out.

Road Work, Part IV

In our first shot of the day, we see the asphalt truck (yellow) in the center of the frame, waiting for the little blue mini-dozer to course-grade the asphalt.   The asphalt truck laid down some asphalt and the smaller mini-dozer is smoothing it out (grading) before the actual paving machine comes by.

Road Work, Part IV

The mini dozer is scraping up some excess material here.

Road Work, Part IV

Any excess gets put back into the asphalt truck.

Road Work, Part IV

Now they are ready for the paver to come in and do it’s thing.  We see the asphalt truck in front, feeding asphalt to the paver.

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The men behind the paver are smoothing things out by hand, before the roller comes and flattens it down.

Road Work, Part IV

There is always this kind of touch-up work to be done when using big machines.

Road Work, Part IV

The worker in the foreground has just scooped up some excess material while the roller is tamping down the fresh asphalt.  When I was a kid, we used to call this machine a “steam roller.”

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The roller is doing it’s job here.

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More smoothing out and rolling.

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The roller has 2 sets of steering and other controls, and here we see that the operator has changed to the left seat to get a better look at the surface.

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All nice and smooth.

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And this is what it looks like at ground level.

Road Work, Part IV

They did a good job filling in the holes where the traffic islands used to be.  But there is one thing that puzzles me:

Road Work, Part IV

Why didn’t they move the transformers first?  Now they have to bring the same crew back just to do the last 10 meters or so!  I’ll have an update on the transformers as soon as they are all moved.

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