Raildude's dad

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  1. I drove down Michigan St hill yesterday. I noticed the pavement is deteriorated at the joints just like the west end of M-6:(. The drivers would have been more vocal if they were driving the Hill at 70 LOL
  2. This strike anyone as moving a bit fast? A remodel goes bad the second week in February and they are putting in new foundations the 3rd full week in March. Can one design a building and get a building permit that quick?
  3. The 125% for a principal residence is also in the Federal Highway Administration regulations for purchasing property for a federal funded highway project. That may be where the idea came from for the constitution amendment.
  4. You beat me to it. I picked up my sister from the airport Wednesday. I left my house on the west side at 5:30 and was at the terminal at 5:50. My sister flew in from LA. We both laughed at the GR "rush minutes". Folks here have no idea what rush hour traffic is. Building a tunnel where the line is drawn isn't so easy - peasy. Next time at the airport look north of the terminal / ramp. That taxiway is quite a ways below the road around the ramp. The tunnel roadway would be 25 feet or so below the taxiway. This tunnel will be an engineering challenge.
  5. First: I didn't say anything about cost. Highway tunnels under runways are not unique, but they also are not cheap. Second: Traffic engineers do not design tunnels. Geotechnical and structural engineers do most of the engineering. Widening a tunnel is not like widening a road. Increasing the length of the roof (width) will require a stronger / thicker roof, with more steel reinforcement. You will end up digging up the tunnel and pretty much start from scratch. The existing tunnel most likely doesn't meet the standards for a one way public highway tunnel. Then there is the life safety issue. There needs to be provisions for providing ventilation from fumes and safe exit for people in the event of a fire in the tunnel. The standards are much less for tunnels not open to the public. The existing tunnel is approximately 1560 feet long for information
  6. It cannot be converted for regular traffic. It's just 2 lanes, no breakdown lanes - constructed for minimal on site traffic. There are far higher standards for a "public" use tunnel. As for the sketched tunnel on the aerial photo, the long range plan for the north side of the terminal is a duplication (mirror image) of the main runway - 2 taxiway system on the south side of the terminal. The existing north runway becomes part of the taxiway system. The long - long range vision has a tunnel to the 36th St interchange. 44th St/ Oostema Blvd curved to the north and turned into Kraft Ave when the airport was first built. I always thought it was a big mistake and short sighted to cut off the second access for the north "runway" glorified taxiway.
  7. The river is declared navigable by the Corps of Engineers to the Fulton Street Bridge. The COE maintains a 23 foot deep channel to the US 31 bridge and a dredged channel from 6 feet to 3 1/2 feet from there to the Bass River. The Coast Guard installs in the spring and removes in the fall channel markers (those green and red buoys) to the gravel pits at the Bass River. It has been many, many years since any commercial traffic has moved from the pits. I've attached the NOAA mariner chart for the river. The river from the Bass River to Grand Rapids is pretty shallow. The river upstream of the Northland Drive bridge (beyond the influence of the 6th St dam) is similarly shallow. The river as a whole is wide and shallow. http://www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/14931.shtml
  8. Barrier wall to protect? Some safety guy out of control???? What going to protect the pedestrians when it's completed.
  9. Most likely the gas company doing some renewal work before a road project. They can't really pour concrete this time of year so they put in temporary with asphalt, It will be removed and concrete laid this summer. That was done on a couple stretches of Leonard Street in the past. Might be telephone also. If the contractor is Miller, it's for the gas company.
  10. Not to beat this to death but the roof photos show evidence of ponding. Yes the charts show that capacity for 6x6's untreated and for a stated timber grade. Is that grade available at Menards? Fortunately timber values are very conservative due to the variability in trees. Any building with that much distress in a wall has serious issues. I personally would not be working in that building as is shown in the photos.
  11. I'm tending to agree with GRDof3 on this one. Pressure treating a timber introduces water into the wood reducing it's strength properties. If I was working there I would want an engineered backup support system in case my jacking timber failed. As soon as one starts jacking, the load is 100% on 1 post. That cuts your looked up capacity in half. I see icicles. How much water has been added to the second story. One cannot be too safe in this type of situation. I'm not sure the floor joist system in the front portion matches the section that's visible in the rear. The ceiling in the front is above the bottom of the rear joists. I hope all involved have done their due diligence and calculations for those that are working under the second floor.
  12. Just to add to the Toronto experience. Toronto is where traveling 15 miles on a 12 lane freeway, 6 in each direction, 3 express and 3 local lanes which move the same speed, takes 45 minutes to an hour. 15 miles here at "rush hour" might take 20 minutes vs 15 minutes during off hours. We're a long time away from where a commuter system will be beneficial.
  13. I don't disagree with your observations because you apparently got a lot closer than I was willing to. However, since the steel post was sinking and allowing the girder to drop, the east wall then became a load bearing wall. There was no need to remove it to jack the girder back up. I had a floor joist settle in my house causing distress in the wall between the half bath and master bedroom. I didn't have to remove the drywall and studs to jack it up and install an additional support in the basement. I jacked it nice and slow, closed up the crack so nice i didn't even need to repaint the wall . I am still of the opinion that removing the wall seriously compromised the structural integrity of the building.
  14. "but when I leave work I'm like Fred Flintstone flying off the dinosaur. I want to get home.I think I'd have a hard time adding another 30 minutes to my commute in wait time" And that sums up the topic / issue at hand very well. A couple years ago my wife, my daughter and some of her friends commuted for several days on the subway in Toronto from a friends home 30 minutes to downtown. My wife being the outgoing person she is, struck up a conversation with the people sitting next to her. This is a way of life for them commuting 30-50 minutes each way on the train to work everyday. Without that mindset, close and adequate parking downtown is required for businesses to locate there. If it's not available, it's out to the burbs for them.
  15. The "damage" is due to the DEconstruction of the east wall. It appears the contractor and that's a loose use of the word removed all the studs from what was a load bearing wall. I really don't know what is keeping the east half up. I could see a few interior columns but it sure looks like the east wall was load bearing.