The Unofficial
I-26 Construction
Madison County
North Carolina


During the initial construction, the contractor wasted over 3 million cubic yards of material in Waste Site #2, even though he was warned that this may result in him needing to dig it back out again if he ran short of material. Well, that's what he's doing; digging it back out in this photo. Note the pile of stockpiled aggregate at the top of the excavation; that pile is about 20' in height, so the depth of the excavation (that's a near vertical cut, by the way) is about 60'. I have no idea how he will stabilize that slope without disturbing the aggregate pile. Photo taken in March 2001.



John Lansford
12 March 2001