Today we are going to see the completion of Phase 1 of the expressway, and some clues as to what phases 2 and 3 will have in store for us. Contruction is a long progress, so this is another longer-than-usual update. So sit back, relax and enjoy the construction. But may I advise you wear this? *hands hard-hats out.* - You gonna need it!
46.1Bridge work roars ahead, with 4 of the eight approaches now complete.
46.2 | The avenue has finally re-opened, much to the relief of residents. The road deck has been paved and painted in sections through Baufeld, but is now yet open.
46.3 | A small but monumental back at the train viaduct crossing, the first span has been completed. Now only 3 to go...
46.4 | The overpass that will lead to an eventual condo development has been completed, albeit there is now road yet attatched to it. You can also see the design for the SPUI interchange entrance/exit here, which features acceleration and deceleration lanes for safety.
46.5 | Further out in Baufeld road deck preparation and paving continues to march towards the east.
46.6 | All spans have now been completed over the rail viaduct, with the most difficult work for the expressway through Baufeld now complete. Paving, painting and other prepatory (and lastly finishing) work is all that remains.
46.7 | Here is another look at the entrance/exit from the SPUI interchange, this time on the other side of the viaduct.
46.8 | More prepatory work, with one bulldozer breaking through the treeline. Phase one of this project will see the expressway end at a temporary road here, where the trees currently are. An overpass may be built for a future road here, though not as part of phase 1.
46.9 | Work continues east of Baufeld in the Town of Fetanco, work on the expressway continues. Work progresses quickly here thanks in part to the barren landscape.
46.10 | We come across a small construction base, and then a turn in the road. This turn is a temporary routing for the expressway as it approaches another Windemere highway.
46.11 | This is the detour in full.
46.12 | Here we see where phase 1 of the Baufeld expressway ends, and meets another Windemere highway. (Highways are currently not officially numbered, but with the opening of the Baufeld expressway will shortly thereafter.) This intersection will be traffic-signal controlled. The low levels of traffic will warrant as it is only temporary. The full interchange will be constructed as phase 2 begins.
46.13 | Several weeks later, phase 1 of the Baufeld Expressway has been opened! Traffic is currently light, but will eventually increase as time wears on.
46.14 | The SPUI is already a new hub for freight traffic as it has faster routes to ship agricultural products to through the region and beyond.
46.15 | But by no means are we done, no siree. The temporary ending here is just that, temporary. Wrk has already begun on phase 2, and 3 for that matter. What you see here is phase 3, which will progress more slowly than phase 2 (which we will see in a second.) It will eventually extend the expressway west past Baufeld town limits, and westward past regional boundaries.
46.16 | Here is the temporary intersection of the new Baufeld expressway and the existing highway (which has been proposed to be called Highway 15.)
46.17 | Of course, what's phase 2 when there is no phase 2. (IT would be phase 2... ) Phase 2 involves extending the expressway through to Armosa, downgrading to a roadway in the process. A mess will soon live here as construction on the highway/highway interchange begins.
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As always, I hope you've enjoyed this update and are looking forward to more! Comments and replies are always welcome.