It’s hard to believe so much heavy equipment and so many earth movers — both mechanical and human — were able to fit on the short block of Castro Street off Chenery.
Last Wednesday, May 29, a logistical marvel was happening as Castro Street was undergoing the equivalent of major surgery. The old sewer pipes, dating back to 1920, were being replaced. I asked the supervisor if there had been a major event, as the sandwich sign indicated that SF Public Works was doing “emergency” work. No, they’re just really old, he said — just a lot of cracks, wear and tear, that sort of thing. Kind of like people.
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One week later, a skillful tactical operation was needed so that a concrete truck could back up into Castro Street. But it could only use half the street, as the other half was the side where the concrete would be poured, and workers were busy prepping the area. It took five or six maneuvers, at least. At one point the driver shouted “I can’t turn the wheel anymore!” Meanwhile the 36 Teresita bided its time on Chenery Street.
If all goes according to plan, the work should be done within a day or so.