Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Working in the mud

Today, my trusty contractors, March Construction, have begun work on the stormwater pipes in the DeWitt Crossing project.

Since it seems to rain every 7 days lately, we have mud everywhere. Of course, if this weren't such a warm winter (thanks alot Al Gore!), all this rain would be snow and we could just push it out of the way.

The mud affects a project like this in a number of ways. First, the moisure content of the fill material must be below about 20%. This means that even though the sky is blue and the grass is dry, we cannot fill on soggy mud. Mud minus water equals dirt. Dirt is good, mud is bad.

The mud also affects the nearby paved roads. If we drive from the mud to the paved roads, then everyone freaks out. Putting dirt on the pretty pavement isn't appreciated by those who drive cars they cannot afford because the cars get dirty. As a result, I spend a great deal of my time trying to get the mud off of my truck tires.

Anyway, if you care, I have included a pic of the guys putting the cap on one of the stormwater manholes.