Since I was a kid I loved to watch construction work in progress. When I became a Dad I loved reading my kids, and they loved hearing, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. So of course when heavy equipment went to work on the parking circle at the west end of Spinnaker Way, and I happened to be there, I forgot all about photographing more birds that morning and focused instead on the big machines. There were also some laborers not running equipment, and I filmed two of them picking up a shovel of wet dirt and dumping it into a plastic bucket — what for, I can’t imagine. Almost equally puzzling was the first machine in the video. It seemed to be scraping the dirt but spitting it out again. This was a Stabilizer/Recycler machine mainly designed for asphalt (I looked it up). What it was doing with the rain-soaked dirt I couldn’t tell. Then, as if the soil weren’t already wet enough, a tank truck came along and sprayed tons of water. Then came this big grey track-driven machine, looking like a tank. In a cloud of dust, it spread some kind of gravelly composite on the wet dirt. A big grader-scraper stood in the background, its operator in the saddle, ready to level it all out, but I had to leave before it came to that. The next day it looked quite smooth although not finished. The parking circle will be new and pretty before Spinnaker Way, leading up to it, gets a similar treatment. That road really needs it; the parking circle was in decent shape by comparison.
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