The ground construction crews finished work at the end of last week, right on schedule. The electrical work in the new Fly Market location is also wrapping up. Freezing temperatures and cold rain showers are making it tough to work outside, but that’s Wisconsin in November.
The only thing that we didn’t get finished as hoped was some of the grass seeding. That will have to wait until spring. The frost is already starting to take hold in the ground and we’ve seen snow flurries over the past two weeks. I give the crews a lot of credit for hanging in there even as the temps dropped.
As you can see, the main thoroughfares from the new main gate have been covered and now give three distinct pathways to different areas on the grounds. It’s interesting to look down each of these walkways and see the new views. These aren’t the only entryways to the grounds, of course, but this main gate will help create a little more freedom of movement once you enter.
We’ll start erecting the chain-link fence in the main gate area this week. We could have a chance to pour a few of the concrete pads for buildings, too. We may also begin placing some of the buildings that have been up on blocks for the past two months, such as the main gate admission buildings, IAC headquarters, and so forth.
That’s kind of touch-and-go, though, since we may wait for the weather to turn colder so the ground freezes. That would limit the amount of ruts and battered turf we have to fix next spring. When the temps get cold, the hard ground lets heavy machinery move more easily, but the frost in the ground causes other problems. It’s always something, isn’t it?