Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Day Has Come. by gayle's husband

The time has finally come, they are about to close our road, peace and quiet, and no more traffic going by. Well that is not exactly how it works, we will still have all the construction equipment. You know, the 6am, 3 dozen diesel engines coming to life roaring as they jockey into position for the day’s work. Then the beep, beep, beep as they hit reverse and just sit there. It is almost as if they think, if I can’t sleep then no one can and believe me no one can, that is except for my wife. She could sleep through a bomb attack and wake up asking why am I so grumpy. I can’t believe her, once she is asleep nothing bothers her but me, on the other hand a Nat could fart and I would heat it, this is so annoying.


They have been working with the bridge on our road that will cross over I-540 for several months. I can’t believe how fast they can build a bridge once the concrete cures in the abutment and center piers. Except for the side rails the bridge is finished and they are now starting to work on the road bed leading to the bridge. Here are some photos of how the bridge has progressed with time.
Beginning ground work for bridge. Nov 10, 2010
Bridge Foundation & Supports being built    Nov.18, 2010
 Bridge Center Support  Nov.28, 2010
Wal-la, a bridge.
I left for two weeks in Feb. to work in LA, CA.,
came home and all of a sudden it is a Bridge   Feb.26, 2010
Above & 2 Below Pics show
Removing a small hill in preparation for the new road bed leading up to the bridge. Bridge is behind the Dozer.   Mar.19,2011
The old road will be removed starting Monday 3-21-11


G.D.Woods




37 comments:

Mellodee said...

You all have my deepest condolences!! It sounds like a really sloooow, noisy, and inconvenient project!

Have you tried earplugs??

Mellodee said...

You all have my deepest condolences!! It sounds like a really sloooow, noisy, and inconvenient project!

Have you tried earplugs??

Jeanie said...

Lucky Gayle that she can sleep trhough all that. I'm so sorry you have all that gong on outside your door.

Lynette said...

Oh I so understand how you feel...I hear everything too...while my Dear Hubbys sleeps sound....plus the snoring. LOL But will you be so thrilled when all the construction is done!

Chris H said...

I think your wife has the best idea... sleep through it all!
We watched a huge motorway extention being built a few miles from our home... it was amazing really! Several HUGE bridges and lots more roading.... took 2.6 years!!!

Gigi said...

I knew Gayle and I had a lot in common!

Once I actually fall asleep the world could come to an end and I'd never know.

Kelly L said...

My husband can sleep through anything except an earthquake.. Me I can sleep through anything except one of my kids moving around.. aka mom ears... The beep beep of backing up vehicles annoys me too!
Happy Sunday!
Kelly
I've Become My Mother
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Brian Miller said...

slow...this is fast they have been building our bridge for a year! ack!

Matty said...

Sounds like a tradeoff. Peace and quiet with no traffic (when the crews aren't there)versus the construction noise when they are there.

John said...

Ahhhh. What gets done (and put up with) in the name of "progress".

5thsister said...

I feel for you...I wish I could sleep through anything as well. Hearing a gnat fart? Oh dear...that's just sad! :o)

If it's any consolation, my daughter has the super power hearing as well. It bugs her terribly. She can hear the high pitched noise a TV or stereo puts out even when shut off. In order for her to sleep, other sounds must be masked by "white noise".

TechnoBabe said...

My hubby and I would not be able to live through that. Noise factor is part of what helped us decide to move from San Diego. The number one requirement where we live is peace and quiet, as much as possible. I so feel for you.

Ms.Wasteland said...

Ugh. Sounds like a huge pain the rear. I'm a delicate sleeper, too. I don't know how I'd rest with all that noise.

Lisa said...

I'd never be able to sleep with all that.

I LOVE the background on your blog, especially the pic at top!

blueviolet said...

They put that off for soooooo long. I'm actually glad that it's finally being finished!

Betty Manousos@ CUT AND DRY said...

I'm a delicate sleeper, too.
I can't sleep through anything either. I wish I could.

B xx

Ann said...

That has got to be very frustrating. I had to laugh though because it sounds like our house. My husband wakes up at the slightest noise and I sleep through everything.

Ann said...

That has got to be very frustrating. I had to laugh though because it sounds like our house. My husband wakes up at the slightest noise and I sleep through everything.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

3 words for you: very powerful earplugs. (?) Sorry, that's all I've got.
xoRobyn

That corgi :) said...

If I remember correctly, this is going to make more noise/traffic in your "back yard" so to speak. I'm sure you haven't welcomed the progress as it has been happening. It does look like though that they are making good progress and are meeting their deadlines.

betty

Big a said...

o man ... the first pic made me cringe ... here in vancouver there is one of those signs every second block ... ok ... maybe an exaggeration ... but there's one on every rout we take ... that's the truth :(

ME said...

With so much work going on and the noise which comes with it can make anyone go crazy.

Danica said...

I definately couldn't sleep with all of that noise either! Hang in there. Hopefully it all goes away soon.

The Church Lady said...

Those are some real "man pictures" there! (insert the Tim the Tool Man Taylor grunt).

You awake to the fart of a nat. Hmmmm, very interesting. Have you ever smelled moth balls?

grammy said...

That was very interesting.
He did a good job of journeling it.
I'm with him. I hate all that noise and light too. Wish I could just sleep through everything (o:

Donna B said...

I'm with Gayle...that's how I sleep too. Maybe buy some ear plugs?

I am so sorry you all have to endure all that noise. My girls and I went through something similar when a FREEWAY was built behind our apartment.

Maybe you can hold a funeral for your former peaceful street? Nice hearing from you...and my no more nats have farts in your future...(still laughing from your comment...)

Joanna Jenkins said...

I suppose they call the bridge "progress". Ugh.

I wish I could sleep like your sweet wife. The noise would drive me crazy!

Hang in there, jj

Ca88andra said...

I can sleep through traffic, but I doubt I could sleep through construction!

Debbie said...

The birds wake me up in the morning so I'm fairly certain I could not sleep through this! You have my condolences.

Nancy said...

It will be warm enough here for it all to begin - we have one highway that has been under construction for over ten years.

Marla said...

I am with you. The noise would have me up and pacing.

Progress is a bummer sometimes.

Cinner said...

Oh I would be awake hubby would be sleeping sound. I hope they are done as quick as possible. take care.

tattytiara said...

I've had a lot of bridge construction on my commutes in recent years, and it really is a marvel to see them go up, isn't it? I'm in awe of the engineering and coordination behind the efforts.

Anita said...

I'm with Gayle, too. I'm so desperate for sleep at the end of the day, that I guess I just will myself to fall asleep right away. With the exception of a possible trip to the toilet in the middle of the night (I try not to open my eyes - women can do that), I mostly sleep all night.

My husband is amazed too. :)

Best wishes and blessings as you all endure the changes going on around your home/santuary.

I enjoyed your guest post.

Sandra said...

I have two suggestions: ear plugs and Motrin.

Leontien said...

I don't think you would get used to the beep beep beep, part...?

and the aspirine before the mamo sounds like a plan!

Thanks
Leontien

Ron Joe White said...

I heard that Walmart is having a sale on ear plugs :-)