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7.4.12 – 1:01 p.m. EST

It has hit 99 degrees, but they say it really feels like 106 degrees here in Goshen. We agree with that assessment. Seems the crowds do too, or they were hungry for lunch and headed home. But there are still the faithful and diehards around.

The underpass is beginning to take shape

7.4.12 – 11:45 a.m. EST

The crane is lifting and lowering the preformed segments of the tunnel one by one. The crowd has grown, and kids and adults are enjoying the misting tents (thankfully provided by the City of Goshen) and some folks have even set up a tent, games, and a grill.

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One of the preformed cement segments is maneuvered into the hole.

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7.4.12 – 11:43 a.m. EST

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7.4.12 – 9:47 a.m. EST

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A big hole!

7.4.12 – 9:35 a.m. EST

Good morning! When we came back at around 8 a.m. we could see that all of the dirt had been removed overnight and the crew had made it down to the bottom of the big hole. Their next step was to cut off the top 18 ft. of the steel pilings that surround the area in order to make way for the corridor between stairwells. Now, they’re busy digging trenches down at the bottom of the pit to lay drain basins. There are two dry wells/catch basins at the bottom that are connected to one another, and one has a pump that will later discharge stormwater. Glenn Gilbert, Goshen College Project Coordinator, tells us that he thinks the crew is “pretty much on schedule!” Now the crane is in place and they’re prepping the first preformed cement unit to be lowered down into the hole.

Temperature update: 85 degrees, feels like 90… The heat hasn’t stopped eager onlookers of all ages from enjoying the excitement!

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Layla from Goshen tells us why she’s excited about the underpass construction.

Moving the rails

7.4.12 – 12:40 a.m. EST

The crew is moving the removed segment of rails… now the digging has begun! The railroad stake in the photo is one of a handful given out to the crowd as┬ásouvenirs by the crew.┬áThere’s still a lively crowd out here watching the action under a beautiful, orange full moon, but we’re going to get some sleep… check back here in the morning to see the progress.

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Cutting the rails

7.4.12 – 12:10 a.m. EST

Sparks are flying as a segment of the train rail is removed to make room for digging.

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It’s go time!

7.4.12 – 12:04 a.m. EST

The final train passed through campus at 11:41 p.m. — It’s time to start cutting the rails!

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