February 7, 2019
If you've been past our Waterway Property, you've noticed a lot of activity in the past few weeks. Initially, Andrews Excavators delivered some equipment, cut in the constrution entrance (which will eventually be our main driveway) and delivered materials. Our main driveway will be directly across the road from Redbud Drive, as required by East Nottingh Township, but the old driveway will serve the Oaks House until the new drive and parking lots are completed.
CONSTRUCTION ENTRANCE/FUTURE DRIVEWAY VIEWED FROM WATERWAY ROAD
The excavation project is really ramping up. Last Wednesday and Thursday (January 30-31) when is was 10-15 degrees during the day, workers from Andrews Excavation were busy moving topsoil and installing pipes and manholes for the huge drainage fields that allow for stormwater management. Mike and Carl were working hard to help us get our work done, even in the snow.
SETTING A JUNCTION BOX, WITH WATER PIPE IN THE BACKGROUND
THERE WERE A FEW DAYS WHEN IT WASN'T MUDDY OR SNOWY. THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN JANUARY 29, RIGHT BEFORE THE SNOW.
The excavation peice of our project is huge. Everything about this process has been gone over with a fine-toothed comb by township, county and state offices. No one wants water runoff to be a problem, so we've got an extensive network of drainage systems under our parking lots and open spaces. This is why most of the topsoil around the project will be stripped away and set aside in large piles, then infrastructure will be installed, and then at the end of the project much of that topsoil will be replaced. A lot of dirt will be moved around in the next few months.
ORANGE FENCES SURROUND DRYWELL AREAS THAT WILL BE DRAIN FIELDS
Some of the most dramatic process so far was the removal of many of the old maple trees around the driveway and house. John Santana from R&H Excavation helped remove these trees February 6-7. He reported that he hoped to take a few logs home to salvage some boards, but from all the trees he took down, only 4 small logs were solid and sturdy enough to be used, so he didn't even bother keeping those. Many of our trees were hollow and in rough shape. The tree-lined driveway will be missed, but we've got an extensive landscape plan (mandated and inspected by our township) that will be in place when our project is completed, including new trees along our new driveway. It won't be too long until the property has more trees, bushes and shrubs than ever, but it will certainly look bare through the construction process.
VIEW FROM WATERWAY ROAD. PHOTO TAKEN 2-7-19
A MUDDY MESS, BUT ALL PART OF THE PROCESS. THESE EXCAVATOR OPERATORS ARE REAL PROS.