Making progress, brick by brick.
There were some big changes on site this week! After months of construction, the Talbot intersection was reopened to north and southbound traffic. As you may have seen, or walked across, the entire intersection of Talbot is covered in brick. While we still need to finish a few minor touch-ups, it will remain open for the rest of the year.
With Talbot open, it was time for the Richmond intersection to close. Closing the intersection helps speed up the work and enables construction equipment to move in and out with ease.
It's brick week!
Now to give you a little more information about the brick laying on Dundas Place, we've shared the recipe for creating a smooth, durable surface below:
Step 1: Grade and pack gravel
Step 2: Coat concrete with thin layer of sand
The picture above shows sand being leveled on top of the concrete base.
Step 3: Create the curve
The picture above shows a crew member drawing the paving pattern to guide brick layers in the right direction. He has to wear these special shoes to ensure the ground stays level while he works.
Step 3: Lay bricks
The picture above shows the crew laying bricks. There are four different colours in total being used on the centre of the flex street.
Step 4: Press the bricks down with a special machine
The image above shows a crew member making sure bricks are compact and ready for sand.
Step 5: Fill gaps with polymer sand
The image above shows sand being spread over the pavers.
Step 6: Spray with water to harden - this turns the polymer sand into a concrete like substance.
Paving with the Professionals
Here's a short, behind-the-scenes video shot with expert paving consultant, David Hein, who helped us create the design for Dundas Place:
The view from above
On Friday, we visited our neighbours at Budweiser Gardens to check out the paving pattern from above and, as shown below, you can really see the unique swirl in the brick pattern start to come to life!
Below is a summary of Dundas Place construction for the week of October 15 and next steps for the week ahead.
Open Talbot intersection
Close Richmond intersection
Continue brick work from Talbot toward Ridout
Begin sidewalk removal between Talbot/Richmond
Continue concrete work between Talbot/Mid-block crossing
Watermain installation east of Richmond
Temporary hydro setup east of Richmond
Work Anticipated Next Week:
New asphalt at Ridout intersection
Sandblasting and handwork at planters between Ridout/Talbot
Streetlight installation between Ridout/Talbot
Continued trench drain and concrete work between Talbot/Richmond
Watermain testing at Richmond intersection
Hydro work east of Richmond