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Another look at the sooie, ah, sewer work on Hemlock

March 13, 2015
The big, pre-cast concrete pipe section looks like a real pig to deal with.

A section of precast concrete pipe looks forward to joining its friends.

Last night I stopped by Hemlock Street between 10th and 11th Avenue to see what the City of Vancouver Waterworks Operations workers were up to — not much at 11:30 p.m. I can tell you.

The large, custom-made wooden form that had attracted my attention two days ago was nowhere to be seen; perhaps it had already done its part to create a curved concrete joint somewhere along the underground stormwater and/or sanitary water line that workers were installing.

Even more trenchant observations


The exposed length of trench works, perhaps 3 m (10 ft) deep, in the southbound lane of Hemlock Street between 10th and 11th Avenue was partially filled with precast concrete pipe sections, loosely laid end-to-end.

A few of the precast pipe sections littered the street level work area; they were at least l,350 mm (4 ft) in diameter — a standard size apparently.

One of these sections, I thought, had a decidedly porcine character. Its “snout”, while obviously intended for connecting a line to an adjacent building or drain, also — I noted — made it impossible for the pipe to roll away.

Not that such a thing could ever happen but I imagine that if it ever did, it would be a real pig to deal with. Click the images to enlarge them.

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