New Traffic Island

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New Traffic Island

Recently more work went on behind our house and on the main roads in the area.  This time, the traffic island was jack-hammered to pieces, removed and replaced.  I have no idea what was wrong with the old traffic island and why it needed to be replaced, but I was fascinated to see how fast the new island was created.

New Traffic Island

Here we see debris from the old traffic island being removed….

New Traffic Island

The backhoe changed tools and is now digging the trench, clearing it of concrete debris from the old island.

New Traffic Island

The entire main road got this treatment.

New Traffic Island

A couple of days later, concrete forms were assembled and concrete was poured into the molds.  Yes, we are actually seeing a traffic cone being used as a funnel!

New Traffic Island

More mold forms.

New Traffic Island

This is the end, or nose of the island.  These get formed last.

New Traffic Island

Notice the new, smooth concrete, recently poured.

New Traffic Island

The new island sure does look good.

New Traffic Island

On the sidewalk are pieces of wood that (I assume) were used as shims in the form assembly procedure.

New Traffic Island

One side of the road was shut down during certain operations.

New Traffic Island

The junctions where light poles occurred were also left for later.

New Traffic Island

Notice the reinforcing bars (buried in the concrete, foreground) and the wire conduits in the center.  At first, I thought that the city was running new cabling in the islands, but I didn’t see anything new being laid.

New Traffic Island

This section was recently poured and the forms are being removed.

New Traffic Island

Concrete forms on the sidewalk.

New Traffic Island

If you look at the ends of the concrete forms you can see the general shape of the island.

New Traffic Island

These men are removing the forms from a recently poured section..

New Traffic Island

New Traffic Island

I turned the corner and observed the actions on a side street.  These men are surfacing a nose.

New Traffic Island

This is the section behind the nose in the above photo.  This section is almost finished.

New Traffic Island

The nose at the opposite end.

New Traffic Island

I went further down the road to see the operations on a new section.

New Traffic Island

These men are assembling a rebar “cage.”  We’ll get back to this in a minute.

New Traffic Island

Meanwhile, this man is assembling the concrete form for the nose of the island.

New Traffic Island

A small bulldozer is used to pick up and carry the forms while being positioned into place.

New Traffic Island

This shows a section that has the rebar cage ready, with forms being installed left-to-right.

New Traffic Island

Forms waiting placement.

New Traffic Island

This is a pile of rebar used to make the cage.

New Traffic Island

While it looks like there is a lot more to be done, this work went along very quickly.

New Traffic Island

The trench was covered up while waiting further work.

New Traffic Island

New Traffic Island

Now for the details about this wire rebar cage being built.  Notice the angle-iron frame that is being used as a form to shape the cage.

New Traffic Island

This is how the cage is assembled: by using small wires that are twisted around the rebar pieces to hold them in position.  Once finished, the cage is lifted off the angle-iron form and placed in the trench.  The cage will be embedded in the poured concrete and will give it the necessary strength and flexibility.

New Traffic Island

Our last shot is a finished nose.

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11 comments

  1. Well… I don’t know what the old traffic island looked like. Now… is this the same area where they’ve been doing other work???

    I don’t know/remember what other work has been done in that area… but maybe since other things looked “new” after various work was done… they wanted this traffic island to look new and blend in.

    So I don’t know if it was needed work or burning up the budget.

    A few years ago… they did a lot of work on Western Ave from the bridge at the Saugus River to Market Square. Now… there was a traffic island that was between the Sovereign Bank and the really old cemetery across the street from the bank. Well… they pretty much replaced that entire traffic island too (my guess is so it would look new and blend in with the other work that was done recently).

      1. Hmmm… in the other article… it looks like there is a recent patchwork of hardtop (the one section of black asphalt).

        If the entire street has been repaved (which it doesn’t look in this article)… then to me… it looks like they were just spending their budget. Now if there are plans to repave the entire street in that area… then I guess it would be so the new traffic island looks new and blends in.

  2. Been a while since you posted – was wondering what was up. Hopefully the new traffic island improves the road for everyone and if not, well at least its been maintained – ha ha – interesting post – good detailed explanation. I think I learned a thing or two about road construction. Hope you are well.
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    1. hi Paul, yes, sorry – we’ve been busy with other non-bloggable stuff. although the new islands are taller, and thus more able to prevent drivers from crossing them, i can’t help feeling that it was all a waste of money/effort. thanks Paul and take care.

    1. hi Lady Sniper. exercise is going good. i’m still plugging along at 2x/week. i can tell a big difference when i go up and down stairs and lift things. thanks.

  3. “I have no idea what was wrong with the old traffic island and why it needed to be replaced…”

    Maybe the old one was beautiful. You should ask at city hall and get the official explanation.

    1. hi Patrick. well, that might be viewed as making “trouble” so i’m not going to do it. my guess is about burning the budget and that seems to work for everyone. thanks.

  4. The traffic island coming down Dunhua between Bade and Chungshiao in Taipei (near my office) is like a park. It has chairs and picnic tables, and even a winding hiking path.

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