Friday, May 14, 2010
The forms for the foundations of the Chinatown Royal Arch are being put in place on Somerset Street, just a few doors east of Cambridge. The current sidewalk will be widened, taking over a bit of one traffic lane on each side of the street.
The foundation hole was dug down to bedrock. The 130+ ton weight of the structure will be carried by foundations down to the bedrock. The visible part of the pillars are have already been made, and are in the yard behind the Yangtze Restaurant.
The same as for most construction projects, the preparation work seems to take forever; the actual assembly of the arch will be quick.