My shop is at the junction of North Franklin and Third streets. The block between Third and Fourth streets was under reconstruction beginning in mid-April. This was not a simple re-surfacing; it was the installation of new sewer and water pipes as well. This was made more difficult because for close to a century — judging from the amount of very rusty pipes and at least one wooden one that surfaced — the previous work had simply added new pipes.
Yes, the big excavators, the compactor, etc. made a lot of noise, but the men worked quickly and efficiently. Fortunately, there was little dust because the workers kept watering. There was a nice photograph of the work when it was ongoing.
Overall, Ed, Mike and Sean were extremely pleasant and thoughtful. We made little jokes (a deep trench led me to remark they should realize they were not going to come out in China. They agreed.) When it was time to pour the concrete sidewalk in front of my shop, they supplied a gangplank with handrails. Later, after the sidewalk was in place but needed curing, I found a nice ramp laid to the shop steps when I arrived. It was also a joy to watch how deftly the work was done. If I had any questions, they were most polite about answering them. Amazingly, they finished in mid-May as they had promised.
Overall, I do want to thank Admiralty Construction and its president, Andrew Campbell, for doing a fine job. I especially want to thank the workers for putting up with my lame jokes and coming up with a few of their own. It’s a joy to have a company so skilled and responsible that we are proud to say they’re local.