10-23-13: Miami Tunnel: workers install components to a sub-generation plant in the deepest section of the port's new tunnel. Fire retardant panels cover the wall. The future travel surface is full of mud. "We protect ourselves by washing the tunnel down 5 times a day to keep the work area free of stone dust," [...]
10-23-13: Miami, Florida: Chris Hodgkins (left) is an underground man if there ever was one. He digs his tunnel project known as Miami Tunnel. Chris is in charge of communications for MAT Concessionaire LLC. (Miami Access Tunnel) the private consortium building the underwater wonder. To Hodgkin's left is Christy Zweig, reporting for CENews. Joining us on [...]
10-23-13: Christy Zweig, reporting for CENews, marvels at the frozen earth in the Miami Tunnel saying, "Strange. I feel a temperature drop standing here." Weaker soils are stabilized by freezing the limestone under the Miami's Port with a salty solution called brine.
11-1-13: A Dire States tour team was lowered 250-feet into the $190 million Deep Rock Tunnel Project. Currently workers have dug 4-miles into the earth beneath Indianapolis, Indiana. At the bottom of the entry shaft I reached my hand out of the protective "man cage" that the group was lowered in order to snap this [...]
The shelf over the back seat in the Hudson has now become a shrine to brave workers underground, at ground and above ground. In the back window is a hardhat. This is no ordinary hardhat. It's type every tradesmen covets. The gear was a gift from a Sandhog, aka: tunnel worker. I met the man, Jason [...]
Phoenix, Arizona went by way of New York City by rolling out a bike sharing program of their own called The Grid. This is a near copy of New York City's bike share program called Citi Bikes. Yesterday, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton added to the city's mass transit system. Who knew the city in the desert [...]
Reversal of Fortune: Beautifully captured infrastructural contrast between the old Bay Bridge's World War I era steel though-truss bridge (right) and the same structure's new white self-anchored-suspension span showing off the world's most modern metallurgy. Both images bagged by professional photographer Mike Cialowicz.
To the Heartland. The Black River Falls dam project is a planned stop on the Dire States tour as Mrs. Martin, the Dire States's 1949 Hudson, rolls out of Madison, Wisconsin. When Mrs. Martin motors along the Big Road of I-94 towards the Twin Cities of Minnesota on the week of November 4th, she'll roll through [...]
Detroit, Michigan is like Mogadishu, the capital city of lawless Somalia. This from CBS's veteran correspondent who has spent a long career reporting from around the world. “And Mogadishu is the worst place I’ve ever been,” said Simon, 72. “Not the worst place in terms of danger, but the worst place in terms of what it [...]
Per and I returned to Mrs. Martin to her place of birth yesterday, Detroit Michigan. Per, needed sleep after a week of hammer heading, road side mechanics and a long drive from Cleveland. Per rarely requests sleep so hearing he was tired I cranked the wheel, rolled down an exit numbered 37. I found a [...]