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
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!


Beer drinking, bicycle riding, Chicago photography club posted
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.


North Side Interceptor Sewers


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

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

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

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

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

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


South Side Interceptor Sewers


MWRD posted
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.

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
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.

MWRD posted
Workers pause for a portrait during construction of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer in ‪#‎Chicago‬ on February 26, 1924.

MWRD posted
Workers pause for a photo during construction of a portion of the Southwest Intercepting Sewer on November 21, 1935.
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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.

MWRD posted
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.
 
MWRD posted
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.
MWRD posted
Inside the Salt Creek 2 interceptor sewer on April 17, 1928.

MWRD posted
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.

MWRD posted
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.
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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.
 
MWRD posted
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.

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

MWRD posted
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.

MWRD posted
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.

MWRD posted
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.

MWRD posted
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.



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.

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.
MWRD posted
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.
MWRD posted
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.

MWRD posted
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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