A trail of tires paves the way for a piece of heavy equipment's journey from a construction site to a flatbed trailer that will transport it to its next job.
I was walking near Garner Park this afternoon when I sighted a piece of construction equipment sitting atop a hill not far from the intersection of Mineral Point Road and Whitney Way. From afar, it looked a bit like a gigantic, orange praying mantis. When I crossed the road and climbed the hill to take a closer look, I became fascinated by its perambulation across a parking lot.
A Central connection?
I can't think of one. However, Central alumni will remember when the area around Charmany Farm (just west of the intersection of Mineral Point Road and Whitney Way), now the location of the University Research Park, was way out in the country. Most will remember a time when Madison "ended" near what is now the site of the Hilldale shopping center.
The construction site was located behind the First Business Bank at 401 Charmany Drive. I asked Michael Bakken, operations manager of Northwestern Stone LLC (and the man in the cab, driving the machine across the tires) a few questions about what was happening. The bright orange machine, he said, was a hydraulic hammer. Another company is constructing a satellite dish pad on the site and they encountered some very hard limestone. They called in Northwestern Stone because it was necessary to have special equipment to chip out the rock.
I've posted a set of photos showing the process of moving the hydraulic hammer across the tires and onto the trailer in a set on my Flickr account. The set also features some views of the surrounding area from atop the hill.