|A bird's-eye view really shows the progress of the last week -- the sheet pile now extends about 20' toward the bay|
(right side of photo); for reference, this image shows about half of what will be the final structure
Much of our contractor's last week was spent meticulously setting the "corners" of the sheet pile that now reside between the base of the temporary access ladder (above) and the precast concrete. With the corners set, they serve as the transition between the precast and the steel corridor to the bay. I was fortunate enough to get this perspective yesterday -- from about 40' above -- and it really helps to demonstrate what is taking shape to the north (right) of the newly installed concrete boxes.
|Jason, suspended in a bucket truck, carefully adjusting the Vibro |
to hammer one in a series of four discrete sheet pile sections;
Mike, in the background, controls the actual hammering
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I continue to be impressed with the coordination that plays out when watching a competent crew. Whether spoken or not, it's choreographed.
Yesterday's sequence: Mike on the ground lassos a ~675-lb section of steel (30"W x 20'L); Scott in the crane gently swings it into approximate position; and then Jason in the bucket truck coordinates with his ground crew (largely through subtle hand gestures) to fine-tune adjust. By the time the "Vibro" (yellow hammer affixed to the top of the sheet pile) is actually engaged, the hard work is pretty much complete.
Because the discrete sections are all linked together by a folded seam, a minor adjustment to a single section has repercussions not only to the adjacent section but to the entire wall as it takes shape. But yesterday, with all the moving parts, I witnessed the walls continue to extend right before my eyes. It's exciting -- and with the main duck season opening this coming Saturday, very timely.
|Couldn't resist this view of the Rest Pond from the bucket truck -- amazing what getting 40' off the ground|
does to change perspective
SIDEBAR: This past weekend, my kids and I had the distinct privilege to participate in a historic fish release on the Maumee River. While a couple watersheds away from the marsh, we are all working toward very similar ends. Congrats to the USFWS, the Toledo Zoo, our friend Dr. Jessica Collier, and everyone else involved in the lake sturgeon release at Walbridge Park. It was a highlight of the year! Truly an awesome project.
|Two of our boys, poised to release "their sturgeon"|
|Our daughter, proudly showcasing her|
"Maumee River Sturgeon Restoration" bucket
|Our fourth, posed with a replica of what he hopes his release might someday become|