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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Earth Trembles in Awe of New Royal Arch

June 23, 2010

Just after one o'clock in the afternoon, as the top-most roof of the royal arch is being installed, the earth trembled in awe of the majesty and beauty of the royal arch being installed on Somerset Street.

Artisans install temporary word shoring that holds the roof sections steady until rebars are linked together and additional cement can be poured in place to lock all the pieces together.

The true height of the arch complex is now apparent to all. It is about 16' to the bottom of the arch, and 33' to the top of the arch. It weighs 130 tons.

This is a view into the foundation hole, taken some weeks ago. It shows the four corner locations where holes and anchors were drilled 28' deep into the bedrock to anchor the structure against earthquakes. Evidently, they work well.

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