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We could have one every 60 yards along the prom...."£1m", "£2m"...."£35m"

These are just the base plinths going in. You can all mock now, but when you see Howard and David's hands in place with 100 foot vaccination needles crossing the prom, that's when you'll be impressed.

I've explained this before Derek. From a friend working for a firm who is responsible for lots of services  , not Auldyn etc , while they had a concept plan from day one ie what the finished job would

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Just read some interesting facts from 1963. The tarmaccing of the new M6 was done at 4miles a week! That is 6 lanes. 

Also in 1963 Oxford circus was completely covered by a 600 TON raised metal platform with 4 roads in and out to keep the traffic flowing while a tube station was built underneath. The whole platform and approach roads was built in ONE LONG WEEKEND!(65hrs).

There were many bridges built in a few days around that time too.

I wonder what went wrong in the IOM during recent years especially with all the equipment now available.

 

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28 minutes ago, doc.fixit said:

Just read some interesting facts from 1963. The tarmaccing of the new M6 was done at 4miles a week! That is 6 lanes. 

Also in 1963 Oxford circus was completely covered by a 600 TON raised metal platform with 4 roads in and out to keep the traffic flowing while a tube station was built underneath. The whole platform and approach roads was built in ONE LONG WEEKEND!(65hrs).

There were many bridges built in a few days around that time too.

I wonder what went wrong in the IOM during recent years especially with all the equipment now available.

 

You can have all the best equipment you want, you have to know what to do with it and how to operate it to get it to do the work. I was told by a ship's skipper many moons ago that the best ship in the world is only as good as the man at the helm. I rest my case.

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28 minutes ago, doc.fixit said:

Just read some interesting facts from 1963. The tarmaccing of the new M6 was done at 4miles a week! That is 6 lanes. 

Also in 1963 Oxford circus was completely covered by a 600 TON raised metal platform with 4 roads in and out to keep the traffic flowing while a tube station was built underneath. The whole platform and approach roads was built in ONE LONG WEEKEND!(65hrs).

There were many bridges built in a few days around that time too.

I wonder what went wrong in the IOM during recent years especially with all the equipment now available.

 

I visited Glen Helen recently and decided to read about it’s past history, I found this amongst it which for some reason made me think of the ongoing prom saga :

 

Collapse of the Car Park
Getting back to the old hotel which stood on the site of the car park; this had a stream which flowed down from "Sarah's Cottage", under the car park, and through the cellars of the hotel.

This helped to contribute to the hotel falling into disrepair. It was decided in the late 1960s that the building was in such a state that it had to be demolished.  They did this by allowing the debris to collapse into the basement and then constructed the car park over it.

All was fine until in the late 1980s when an unsuspecting lorry driver decided to park over this exact spot.  After partaking of a spot of lunch, he felt the urge to answer a call of nature and chose to do this in a secluded spot just behind his lorry.  Whether this was a quirk of nature or not, will never be known, for as he was looking around him he noticed to his horror, that under the rear wheels of the lorry was a hole about eighteen inches across. He carefully moved the lorry and phoned the Forestry Board to report the hole.  Once the inspection team had arrived it was decided to bring in a mechanical digger to investigate further. Just as the bucket of the digger was being lowered towards the hole, the surrounding car park fell fourteen-foot down into what had been the basement of the hotel.  When the debris from the demolition had been allowed to fall into the space, the wooden beams and supports had crisscrossed each other and had eventually rotted away causing the rubble on top to fall lower.  On further inspection, it was discovered that the whole of the car park was in danger of collapse due to the underground stream, so a new concrete culvert was laid to channel the water away.

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36 minutes ago, doc.fixit said:

Just read some interesting facts from 1963. The tarmaccing of the new M6 was done at 4miles a week! That is 6 lanes. 

Also in 1963 Oxford circus was completely covered by a 600 TON raised metal platform with 4 roads in and out to keep the traffic flowing while a tube station was built underneath. The whole platform and approach roads was built in ONE LONG WEEKEND!(65hrs).

There were many bridges built in a few days around that time too.

I wonder what went wrong in the IOM during recent years especially with all the equipment now available.

 

The roads you talk about weren’t in use while the work was going on. 

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19 minutes ago, Annoymouse said:

I visited Glen Helen recently and decided to read about it’s past history, I found this amongst it which for some reason made me think of the ongoing prom saga :

So that's where they put the voids.  No wonder the DoI haven't been able to find them.

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2 hours ago, doc.fixit said:

Just read some interesting facts from 1963. The tarmaccing of the new M6 was done at 4miles a week! That is 6 lanes. 

Also in 1963 Oxford circus was completely covered by a 600 TON raised metal platform with 4 roads in and out to keep the traffic flowing while a tube station was built underneath. The whole platform and approach roads was built in ONE LONG WEEKEND!(65hrs).

There were many bridges built in a few days around that time too.

I wonder what went wrong in the IOM during recent years especially with all the equipment now available.

 

No good posting that kind of nonsense - those guys didn't have a clue

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1 hour ago, Roger Mexico said:

So that's where they put the voids.  No wonder the DoI haven't been able to find them.

I’d love to see some photos of the collapsed car park, 14ft is quite something.

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1 hour ago, Roger Mexico said:

So that's where they put the voids.  No wonder the DoI haven't been able to find them.

There are voids on Douglas Promenade.

Unfortunately they are under the blockwork on the new crossings they have laid. The blocks are cracking and breaking up now.

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