Digging Ourselves Into A Hole
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Has it really been over a month since we checked in with the massive destruction going on over at the arena site? We told you about the great Arena Design Scandal of 2008 and the latest contractor lawsuit that popped up, but it’s been a while since we brought you an all out photo frenzy from the arena site. And we’re here to please, so we compiled all our destruction pics from September 19, September 30, and just yesterday to chronicle the official end of deconstruction and beginning of preconstruction.

Last Remnants of the Substation
Last Remnants of the Substation. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)

A couple weeks ago, crews brought in auger-drills and started boring little holes all along Main Street. The holes have now made way for construction shoring that will hold up Main Street and keep the rest of the city from caving into the growing crater we call the arena site. The beam and plate shoring being installed right now are comprised of I-beams embedded into the earth holding hundreds of wooden slats that allow for construction of the underground parking garage beneath the arena’s Main Street plaza.

Crews will continue digging and installing more wooden plates, then dig more and install more wooden plates until the arena site is several stories underground. Then we will see the real construction begin: foundation pouring! Until then, we must be satisfied with the puny remainders of the once grand LG&E substation and the somewhat slow shoring process.

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