Monday, April 22, 2013

Construction update 4/22/13(LANE CLOSURE)

Traffic along E156th north of Lakeshore will be reduced to a single lane this week.  This will allow for installation of dewatering wells around what will be the location of Structure 3-4 to be constructed in the future.  One lane of traffic will be maintained to allow for vehicular traffic to pass at all times.  Please observe the any traffic flaggers in the area.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Construction Update 4/15 (LANE CLOSURE)

There will be construction activity later this week or early next week in E 156th St near the entrance to the 3-2 fenced in area. One lane of traffic will be closed to allow for the work activities, flaggers will be present ensuring the smooth flow of traffic in each direction.  This work includes the drilling of the dewatering wells that will be utilized in the future excavation of the Structure 3-4.  Once the drilling is complete all lanes will be reopened until the actual excavation begins (July).  The equipment to be used is currently working inside the fenced in area on the North side.

Friday, April 5, 2013

The spoils are not wasted

The Sewer District’s tunnel boring machine, Mackenzie, is working her way through the tunnel and is currently beneath Lake Erie.

If you were to visualize the Euclid Creek Tunnel as a really long cylinder – which it essentially is – that cylinder’s volume is more than 375,000 cubic yards
(13.5’ radius squared * pi * 17,750’ long / 27).

What happens to all of the bedrock, or “spoils,” that is being excavated from the tunnel?

This rock travels via conveyor belt through the entire distance of the tunnel and is brought up to the surface at our Nine Mile Construction Site (Shaft #1).

Don’t worry… the Sewer District isn’t permanently creating a mountain next to I-90. The spoils are hauled away by one of McNally/Kiewit’s subcontractors to another community in Northeast Ohio that was in need of “fill.”

For years, the City of Garfield Heights has wanted to extend Transportation Boulevard farther south, connecting it to Rockside Road. To turn these plans into reality, Garfield Heights needed rock. And lots of it. The spoils from the Euclid Creek Tunnel comprise part of what will be needed to establish the Transportation Boulevard Extension.

There is another great photo taken by Lynn Ischay, one of The Plain Dealer’s photographers, last September.

A prior blog post incorrectly calculated the cubic yards of spoils as more than one million.

Monday, April 1, 2013

April Community Meeting

Due to scheduling conflicts at the Memorial-Nottingham Library, the date for April's Community Meeting has been changed.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
6:00 p.m.
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Memorial-Nottingham Branch
17109 Lakeshore Boulevard, Cleveland

A copy of last month's presentation is below.