Saturday, January 30, 2016

MWRD: Interceptor Sewer Construction

The first subheading below was the title of these notes. I'm generalizing these notes to include all of the interceptor sewer photos I have found. The photos have been moved here from three other posts.

14-18-foot Sewer Pipe being built in 1918


Raymond Kunst posted
Laying sewer pipes along Lawrence Ave, 1918, Chicago

Raymond Kunst shared
Timothy P Kelpsch: It's a storm sewer, runs from the lake to o'hare. [He was challenged about this statement, and he responded: "No assumption, that's where it goes now."]

I wonder if the trestle pilings we see on the side of the trench were driven all along both sides. Specifically, is that what is keeping the mud walls with buildings on top of them from collapsing? They have a conveyor belt that carries debris from the dig in front of the pipe back to fill over the pipe that is built. This method of laying pipe is called "cut and fill." That conveyor is on rails so that it can be moved forward as the dig progresses.

The comments indicate the scaffolding in the middle is to allow workers to construct a brick arch for the top of the pipe.

Michael Pazanin Looks like there lined with Brick , at that time there where more bricklayers then all the other trades tougher!!!

No wonder I keep finding brick plants in various towns. Illinois is lucky that it sits on top of sedimentary rock that has a lot of  outcroppings of coal, sand and clay.

Fernando Flores A few years ago, I saw them working on this tunnel at Lawrence between Linder and Cicero, and you could see the bricks layout clearly. It was fascinating!


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Eric A Lussenhop Being a Local 130 Plumber here in Chicago and with all my safety training......
I can't imagine opening a hole that deep and that close to buildings with out massive amounts of shoring
Look at the train running on the tracks parallel to the ditch on theft
Raymond Kunst shared
Laying sewer pipes along Lawrence Ave and Broadway, 1918, Chicago.
William D Brown no shoring I wonder how many collapses they had.

West Side Interceptor Sewers


MWRD posted on Dec 30, 2021
A view of the drop shaft and surrounding work site for a section of West Side Intercepting Sewer at the intersection of Laflin and 22nd St (now Cermak) in Chicago on April 16, 1931.
[They must have been tunneling rather than their normal cut-and-cover.]
 
MWRD posted
Looking east at a shaft house and a mixer for sewer construction at the corner of Williams Street and Iowa Street in Oak Park, Illinois, on May 13, 1922.


North Side Interceptor Sewers


MWRD posted
Historical Photo of the Week: Sewer construction along Thatcher Ave in River Forest on July 8, 1924
MWRD posted on Sep 28, 2022

What first caught my eye was that they were using a steam powered shovel as late as 1924. The cement mixer is powered by a gas engine. Note that they use a regular wheelbarrow on the right to dump the ingredients into the chute that will be lifted to feed the drum, but they use special wheelbarrows on the left to move the mixed concrete.

Seeing that mixer makes me wonder when ready mix trucks were developed. (Update: trucks became big enough and strong enough to carry concrete in the 1950s.)

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MWRD posted
A view of concrete mixing operations during construction of a section of the North Side Intercepting Sewer System on February 6, 1925.
 
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A head house and drop shaft for construction of a section of the North Side Intercepting Sewer on Isabella Street in Evanston, Illinois, on May 31, 1922.
 
MWRD posted on Aug 8, 2022
Construction of a portion of the North Side intercepting sewer on November 3, 1922.

MWRD posted on June 14, 2022

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Construction of a section of 8-foot intercepting sewer at Thatcher Avenue and North Avenue in River Forest, Illinois, on July 8, 1924.

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A view of a nearly complete section of sewer along Talcott Road in Park Ridge, Illinois, on August 14, 1924.

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A view of the bottom of a drop shaft during construction of the North Side Intercepting Sewer on September 6, 1924.

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A view of the bottom of a drop shaft during construction of the North Side intercepting sewer on September 6, 1924

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A view inside of a newly completed section of the North Side Intercepting Sewer on April 2, 1925.

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A view of an elevator shaft during construction of a section of the North Side Intercepting Sewer on June 29, 1925.
 
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The interior of a section of the North Side intercepting sewer #4 during construction on August 20, 1925. After the soft clay was mined and removed, wooden frames were constructed and then concrete was poured. North Side intercepting sewer Nos. 3 and 4 are the largest of the North Side intercepting sewers at 15 feet high, and they run along the North Shore Channel and McCormick Boulevard between Howard Street in Skokie and Argyle Street in Chicago. The North Side intercepting sewer consists of two branches, one running north from Howard Street to the Wilmette Pumping Station at Sheridan Road and one running south from Howard Street to Fullerton Avenue, just east of Elston Avenue in Chicago.

MWRD posted
A group poses for a portrait during construction of a section of the North Side Intercepting Sewer (section number 4) on September 11, 1925. North Side Intercepting Sewer Nos. 3 and 4 are the largest of the North Side intercepting sewers at 15 feet high, and they run along the North Shore Channel and McCormick Boulevard between Howard Street in Skokie and Argyle Street in Chicago.
MWRD posted, same comment

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Construction of a section of sewer in Evanston, Illinois, on November 2, 1917.

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An interior view of a section of the North Side Intercepting Sewer System during construction on July 13, 1922.
MWRD posted on Mar 2, 2022

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Construction of a portion of the North Side Intercepting Sewer on November 3, 1922.
 
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 view to the east (slightly northeast) at the corner of Elston Avenue and George Street in Chicago, Illinois, on November 3, 1925, showing construction of a shaft house for the North Side sewer.


South Side Interceptor Sewers


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Sewer construction on July 27, 1917, viewed looking east at the intersection of Houston Avenue and 97th Street in Chicago.
Dennis DeBruler: With the Pennsy and NYC lift bridges over the Calumet River in the background. And the B&O bridge is peaking over the spoils pile.
 
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 Sewer construction on July 28, 1917, viewed looking east near the intersection of Houston Avenue and 97th Street in Chicago.

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Construction of a section of intercepting sewer along Francisco Avenue in Blue Island, Illinois, on June 10, 1927.

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A view to the north showing construction of a section of the West Blue Island Intercepting Sewer along Francisco Avenue just north of the Cal-Sag Channel in Blue Island, Illinois, on July 2, 1927.

MWRD posted on Nov 6, 2022
Work on the intercepting sewer at approximately 3500 S. Pulaski Road in Chicago on April 11, 1928. 


Calumet Intercepting Sewer


MWRD posted on Dec 27, 2021
Construction site for a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System near the intersection of 114th Place and Prairie Avenue in Chicago on November 13, 1918.

MWRD posted on Oct 29, 2022
Construction site for a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System, looking east near 114th Place and Prairie Avenue in Chicago on November 13, 1918.

That looks like a pretty big dragline being used here.
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Excavation for and construction of a section of the Calumet sewer system on the south side of Chicago in an area near 125th Street and Indiana Avenue on October 24, 1916.
 

MWRD posted on Nov 15, 2022
Excavation for and construction of a section of the Calumet Sewer System on the south side of Chicago in an area near 125th Street and Indiana Avenue on October 24, 1916.

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Excavation for and construction of a section of the Calumet Sewer System on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, in an area near 125th and Indiana Avenue on October 24, 1916.

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An interior view of construction of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System in a location along Prairie Avenue near 123rd Street in Chicago on February 20, 1918.

MWRD posted on Aug 21, 2022
Construction of a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System at the intersection of 104th Street and Corliss Avenue in Chicago, looking to the west, on May 13, 1918. 

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Construction site for a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System, looking east near 114th Place and Prairie Avenue in Chicago on November 13, 1918.
 
MWRD posted on Jan 22, 2022
Construction of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System in an area north of 113th Street along South Park Avenue (now Martin Luther King Drive), on June 23, 1920. 
 
MWRD posted on June 17, 2022
onstruction of the Cal Sag sewer system in an area south of 113th Street along South Park Avenue (now Martin Luther King Drive) in Chicago, Illinois, on June 23, 1920.

MWRD posted on Dec 6, 2021
An interior view of a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System on November 28, 1921.
MWRD posted on Nov 18, 2022
 
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Construction of a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System in Chicago, Illinois, on November 10, 1921.

MWRD posted on Feb 2, 2022
Construction of the Cal Sag Intercepting Sewer in an area near 127th Street and the Little Calumet River in Chicago, Illinois, on July 20, 1921.
 
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Construction of the Cal-Sag Intercepting Sewer System in an area near 114th Place and Martin Luther King Drive on December 11, 1919.

MWRD posted
A view of work on a portion of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer and telephone company supports and cables in Chicago near the intersection of 98th Street and Avenue N on January 29, 1923.
Dennis DeBruler: I'm glad you noted the telephone cables. I would have missed that. I did not realize that twisted-pair cables were that advanced by the early 1920s.
 
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A view of work on a portion of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer and telephone company supports and cables near the intersection of 98th Street and Avenue N in Chicago on January 29, 1923.

MWRD posted on Apr 23, 2022
Construction of a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer system in Chicago on June 13, 1923.

MWRD posted
Historical Photo of the Week: The intersection of 92nd Street and Mackinaw Avenue in Chicago on October 3, 1923, showing a westward view of work on the Calumet intercepting sewer system.

MWRD posted on Feb 22, 2022
A view inside a section of nearly completed tunnel for the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System in Chicago, Illinois, on April 11, 1924.

MWRD posted on Jan 6, 2022
Construction of a section of 11-foot double-barreled sewer for the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System on July 17, 1924.
 
MWRD posted on Feb 15, 2022
A general view of a worksite for construction of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System on January 30, 1924.

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Excavation for a section of intercepting sewer on 92nd Street near Mackinaw Avenue in Chicago, looking west on October 3, 1923.
Bob Lalich: This view looks SW along Harbor Ave. The track in the foreground was for streetcars and ran over the 92nd St/Ewing Ave bridge.

Michael Siola shared
 
MWRD posted on Sep 19, 2022
A view to the north on Avenue N near 99th Street in Chicago during work on the Calumet Intercepting Sewer on September 6, 1922.

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Construction of a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer in Chicago on September 28, 1922, looking north on Avenue N at 100th Street.

Marty Gatton shared
 
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Construction of a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System in Chicago on January 29, 1923.

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Workers pause for a portrait during construction of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer in ‪#‎Chicago‬ on February 26, 1924.
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Workers pause for a photo during construction of a portion of the Southwest Intercepting Sewer on November 21, 1935.
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Work on a section of the Southwest Intercepting Sewer at the intersection of Pershing Road and State Street in Chicago on August 16, 1940.
  
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Construction of a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer on September 28, 1922, looking north on Avenue N at 100th Street.

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Work on a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System on April 26, 1923, looking to the northwest at the intersection of 106th Street and Avenue O in Chicago.
 
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A view to the north showing work on a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer system along Avenue O between 104th and 105th Streets in Chicago on April 26, 1923.

It is not worthy of its own post, but I wanted to record how the size of the interceptor sewers varied.
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Inside the Salt Creek 2 interceptor sewer on April 17, 1928.

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Construction of a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System along Avenue N, looking south from 99th Street in Chicago, Illinois, on September 6, 1922.
 
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A concrete material loading station for construction of the Cal-Sag sewer system near 103rd and Woodlawn in Chicago on November 20, 1916.

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A western view of Calumet Intercepting Sewer System construction in an area near Woodlawn and 103rd Street in Chicago on November 20, 1916.

Dennis DeBruler shared
Rick Aylsworth It was hard to judge the scale of that until I noticed the men inside!
Bob Lalich The buildings in the background were Pullman Co at the time. They were later sold to EMD.

Dennis DeBruler commented on MWRD's post
Given the industrial buildings in the background, we must be looking West. The boxcars in the background are on the Pullman Railroad. Woodland won't be built for a few more decades.
1929 Calumet Lake Quadrangle @ 1:24,000

Compare this photo to the November 20 photo above.
MWRD posted
Calumet Sag Sewer System construction in an area near Woodlawn and 103rd Street in Chicago, Illinois, on October 24, 1916. 
Randy Ranes: Are they pumping concrete?
Dennis DeBruler: Randy Ranes It appears the close mixer is dumping into a chute whereas the far mixer is dumping onto a conveyor belt.
Top Fan
By comparing the angle to the EMD/Pullman buildings in the background, we can see the progress they made between Oct 24 and Nov 20.
 
So are they now next to the EMD/Pullman buildings?
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Excavation for a section of the Sanitary District's Calumet Saganashkee ("Cal-Sag") Intercepting Sewer System along 103rd Street in Chicago, Illinois, on July 27, 1917.

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Construction of a section of the Cal Sag sewer system along Riverdale Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, on July 27, 1917.

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Excavation and construction for a section of the Calumet Sewer System on the south side of Chicago in an area near 125th and Indiana Avenue on October 24, 1916.

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 Sewer construction on July 27, 1917, viewed looking west at the intersection of Houston Avenue and 97th Street in Chicago, Illinois.

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A view of work on a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System along Avenue O near 107th Street in Chicago on May 17, 1923.

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Construction of a headhouse for the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System on June 13, 1923. This location is on the west bank of the Calumet River, near where the Chicago Skyway currently crosses the river. The headhouse, which is no longer there, was used for maintenance of the siphon that moves sewer flow under the Calumet River for the intercepting sewer which leads to the 95th Street Pumping Station.

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Construction of a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer on October 8, 1923, looking northeast towards the intersection of 92nd Street, Mackinaw Avenue and Harbor Avenue in Chicago. 

Mike Breski shared
OK who's tracks? Calumet Hotel in the background.
Bob Lalich: BRC and CRI&P each owned a track. Both tracks went to USS South Works, seen in the distance, and connected to the EJ&E.
Steve Malachinski: BRC tracks are on the left CRI&P on the right.
[US Steel South Works in the right background.]


MWRD posted
A view of 97th Street at Avenue N, looking east, in Chicago during work on a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System on May 29, 1923.
 
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Construction of a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System on September 19, 1923.
 
MWRD posted on Sep 3, 2022
alumet Intercepting Sewer System excavation on 92nd Street near Mackinaw Avenue in Chicago, looking north on October 3, 1923.

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Construction of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer connection at 95th Street and Baltimore Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, on September 8, 1925.

Marty Gatton shared
Bob Lalich: The structure on the right is still standing. The Skyway now occupies the area immediately left of it.

MWRD posted on Oct 20,2021
Sewer connection work in Chicago at the intersection of 95th Street and Baltimore Avenue on August 25, 1925.

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Removal of spoil during construction of a section of the Calumet Saganashkee Intercepting Sewer System near the intersection of Indiana Avenue and 120th Street in Chicago on July 27, 1917.

Bob Lalich shared
If the caption is correct that the location is near 120th and Indiana Ave, I believe the view is south, and the single track behind the temporary track with the locomotive would be IC's Blue Island Branch, with the mainline in the background. The signals seen near the left edge of the photo would be intermediate signals between Kensington and the Little Calumet drawbridges. The photo was taken before the IC electrified their suburban service.
Comments on Bob's share


Miscellaneous


MWRD posted
Today’s photo shows the surface area near a drop shaft for construction of an intercepting sewer March 8, 1928. The exact location is unknown. The MWRD owns and operates 560 miles of intercepting sewers, which are large sewers that receive flow from approximately 10,000 local municipal sewer system connections. The wastewater is then conveyed by the intercepting sewers to MWRD Water Reclamation Plants for treatment.

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Inside an intercepting sewer in an unknown location on April 17, 1928.
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I think this is too small to be an interceptor sewer, but I wanted to record that horses & a wagon were being used as late as 1930.
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A view to the southwest at sewer construction on Lawrence Avenue, just east of Broadway, in front of the Sheridan Trust and Savings Bank Building (currently known as the Bridgeview Bank Building) in Chicago on August 9, 1930.
Dennis DeBruler: I'm surprised that horses and a wagon were being used as late as 1930.

My main reason for saving this photo is to record the size of dump trucks in 1924.
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A steam shovel and truck near the intersection of Thatcher Avenue and North Avenue in Elmwood Park, Illinois, during construction of the 10,000-foot-long Elmwood Park Outfall Sewer on June 20, 1924. The sewer was completed in 1925 to serve parts of Chicago, Elmwood Park, Oak Park and River Forest.

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Tunnel excavation for a section of Intercepting Sewer in an unknown location on March 29, 1928.

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A completed section of intercepting sewer in an unknown location, with scaffolding below a manhole shaft and an electric locomotive with muck cars on September 11, 1928

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Construction of a section of the West Town Outlet Sewer on June 9, 1937.

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Intercepting sewer construction on November 6, 1934.

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A completed section of sewer is seen in a trench prior to backfilling during intercepting sewer construction in an unknown location on July 9, 1928.

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Sewer construction in Wilmette, Illinois, on July 3, 1914.
[I wish I could see a side view. I'm having a hard time figuring out what that machine is doing.]

MWRD posted on Apr 18, 2022
ntercepting sewer construction in an unknown location on March 12, 1928.

MWRD posted on May 6, 2022
Intercepting sewer construction in an unknown location on March 12, 1928.

MWRD posted on June 20, 2022
Miners pose for a photo during tunnel excavation in an unknown location on December 21, 1927.

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Tunnel excavation for a section of Intercepting Sewer in an unknown location on March 29, 1928.

I don't know where West Town is.
MWRD posted on Nov 1, 2022
Construction of a section of the West Town Outlet Sewer on June 9, 1937.

MWRD posted on Nov 24, 2022
ntercepting sewer construction on November 6, 1934. 


1 comment:

  1. Fantastic photos, the scope of work that was involved is bearly known today by most.

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