Thursday, September 24, 2009

Taking Care of the Culvert

Early this morning we awoke to the sound of heavy machinery at the end of our driveway. What a wonderful sound. The fact that it was state workers coming to rip out our old ineffective culvert was music to our ears. Our old culvert was filled with dirt, blocked and washing away. It did not drain water under our driveway at all. It blocked the water on the other side of the drive. In winter this caused a major back up of water/ice near the road. Therefore, the state of Maine paid us a visit. The two culverts arrived early.

Shortly thereafter a crew, back hoe and a dump truck arrived. Let the digging begin!

and begin........

What a big mess our old culvert was in. It was rusted through. It came apart in pieces. The many, many, years ago that it was installed, they were made of metal. Now they are high density plastic.

Looks like a grave yard from the movie "Tremors". Bad movie.
A pretty deep hole. The worker didn't want to smile. He probably thought "this lady is crazy". Maybe I made him afeared of me.

They used a non-petroleum lubricant to make the two culverts go together easier. Otherwise known as goo.

Looking good! Looks like a culvert to me.

Time to cover the culvert and make us a new driveway.

The finished product was very nice. The roadway is safe from ice overflow in winter. We now have a new driveway.

We also got about 7 loads of dirt from this project. It will help the drainage problem around the barn.

What a great job. One less thing to worry about. Thank you construction people. Thank you the State of Maine. Our tax dollars at work. Much love and prayers from Mainely Ewes Farm.


Life is good! said...

how nice that will be. maybe those workers are in the witness protection program and didn't want anyone in blogland to blow their cover!

katiegirl said...

Tremors! Haha! I love that know, in a this-is-so-weird-I-can't-believe-I'm-watching-it kinda way!