That’s a wrap!

7.4.12 – 9:50 p.m. EST

Well folks, the tracks have been repositioned (see video) and the railroad company is making final tweaks! Congratulations to all who participated in making this day a success! We’re told the work will be finished ahead of schedule, and there is still a crowd out here eager not to miss a thing.

Thanks for following along!

Photos (by Anna Ruth ’12):

Video (by Anna Ruth ’12):

Meet Mary

7.4.12 – 9:32 p.m. EST

After the construction crew finished spreading gravel, they passed the reins to Norfolk Southern who covered the area which will be under the tracks with bigger stone. Now we’re waiting on the final step — replacing and aligning the railroad tracks! While we wait, check out the photos and a brief video in which Mary Cripe, Utilities Engineer for the City of Goshen, introduces herself and explains her role in this underpass project.

Photos (by Anna Ruth ’12):

Video (by Anna Ruth ’12):

Final Stages…

7.4.12 – 8:22 p.m. EST

We’re almost there, folks… and ahead of schedule, too! The hole surrounding the tunnel has been filled in with dirt and sand, and gravel is being laid. GC Project Coordinator Glenn Gilbert gives us the latest in this video.

Photos (by Anna Ruth ’12):

Video (by Anna Ruth ’12):

Far and near

7.4.12 – 5:17 p.m. EST

FAR: We have received word of folks viewing the live video in Afghanistan, Colombia and Indonesia. Where are you viewing from? Send us an email or post it on our Facebook page.

NEAR: The work crew seems to be cruising despite the heat! The hole around the tunnel is quickly being filled with sand. Latest word we heard was that they were a bit ahead of schedule…though of course things can change.

And here are a few photos by Kaeli Evans ’13 of scenes from this afternoon:

Project : By the numbers

7.4.12 – 3:57 p.m. EST

  • 150 (approximately) : Number of dump truck loads of dirt (the 8 trucks made a lot of trips!) hauled out of the ground last night and taken about 3 miles away to be used for future highway construction projects. They decided not to use the dirt they dug out because they wanted to know how the sand would compact ahead of time.
  • 2,600 tons : The amount of sand brought to fill in the hole.
  • 43,000 pounds (21.5 tons) : The weight of each of the pre-formed sections of the underpass.
  • $100 : The fine for being caught crossing a stopped train on campus.
  • $5,000 :  The amount the construction company would be fined for every hour trains can’t pass through campus because of the construction after today’s allotted 24 hours.
  • $1.8 million : The grant amount given by the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program to fund this project. The college is funding the architectural, engineering and planning costs.
  • 101 degrees : The current temperature.

The full perspective

7.4.12 – 3:50 p.m. EST

Check out this panorama photo of the construction site from the roof of the Good Library taken at 2 p.m. this afternoon (click to view large version). Photo by Kaeli Evans ’13.


View from above

7.4.2012 – 2:57 p.m. EST

Progress is still underway as they continue to fill the hole with dirt. This is a view from the Good Library roof, which includes an overall view of construction, a slight look into the tunnel of the underpass, as well as the camera recording the live feed (bucket to keep it from blowing away!).

Photos (by Kaeli Evans ’13):

Tunnel formation is complete

7.4.12 – 1:22 p.m. EST

Seven of the total nine preformed concrete segments are in place… placement of the remaining two won’t be necessary until later in the construction process, as their placement will not interfere with train operation. Now the crew is beginning to fill in the area of the hole around the tunnel with dirt. Many spectators seem to have taken a break for lunch, though some folks are still dropping by to check in on the progress and others are grilling right here on campus!

Photos (by Kaeli Evans ’13):