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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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I spent all day directing traffic for a crane lift on Halsted. It was a 300ton crane so we only had one lane open. I quickly learned how retarded the general public is, especially CTA bus drivers. We had guys on either end of the work zone that would stop traffic so the other side could flow. For some reason the line of barriers and me waving a flag and pointing the way was not enough to prevent them from driving between the cones and into the work zone.

No less than 4 CTA buses tried this maneuver.

The best part of the day was when I found out that one of our units was in Memphis. The trucking company is going to pay out the ass for that mistake since we are going to have to lift that one tomorrow.

3 union sheet metal workers for 8 hours
3 union pipe fitters for 8 hours

2 NES traffic directors

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the permit to block off Halsted between North ave. and Eastman st.

It has to be a $100k mistake.

The worst part is that it is supposed to be below zero windchills and I have to stand on the street all day.

Think of me when your in your cube tomorrow morning.
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Yep, that sucks. Those bus drivers are ruthless. It doesn't matter if you have the right of way or anything, they just continue to plow.
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Yikes - I will Bro - Sorry to hear of it

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Yep, that sucks. Those bus drivers are ruthless. It doesn't matter if you have the right of way or anything, they just continue to plow.
+1 They are some pushy mofos, they have almost crashed into me plenty of times .

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It doesn't take long working on a roadway crew to realize how stupid/ignorant/rude/wreckless/ the general public is, that's for sure.

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how stupid/ignorant/rude/wreckless/ the general public is, that's for sure.
I resemble that remark, Sir!

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...you weren't the d-bag who's window was "mistakenly" hit by a rogue rock whilst speeding through my construction zone were you????

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...you weren't the d-bag who's window was "mistakenly" hit by a rogue rock whilst speeding through my construction zone were you????
Have not touched my car since my burb excursion on Sat

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What were you guys lifting??? Were you using Imperial???
We use 300ton cranes all the time and sometimes I have to direct traffic. You are right, I am amazed by the stuff people do.. One operator was telling me that some guy told them to pack up and move the crane so he could get by. I don't think people have an idea what those things cost. I know most of the crane picks we do cost avg around $10,000 a day.

Hey look on the bright side though. While you are standing in the street tomorrow directing traffic I will be 200ft up in the air trying to balance on a 6inch pipe. Not going to be so easy with all the wind.
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What were you guys lifting??? Were you using Imperial???
We use 300ton cranes all the time and sometimes I have to direct traffic. You are right, I am amazed by the stuff people do.. One operator was telling me that some guy told them to pack up and move the crane so he could get by. I don't think people have an idea what those things cost. I know most of the crane picks we do cost avg around $10,000 a day.

Hey look on the bright side though. While you are standing in the street tomorrow directing traffic I will be 200ft up in the air trying to balance on a 6inch pipe. Not going to be so easy with all the wind.
It was a 300 ton.

Ask Joe and Shawn about the job at east bank storage. The crane guy had to move 3 or 4 times so people could get of of their garages.

We where lifting HVAC equipment.
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Sucks dude, I feel for you. If I were closer, I'd bring ya a hot chocolate.

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OMG its the sausage king of Chicago.
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