These pictures were taken within a few feet of each other,
where the street department workers were cutting out the asphalt
at the street corners to install new curbing and slanted
walkways. The spot of color above looks like the center of
the flame that burned all summer, but it makes the black
sealant look all the more rich.
Here the new asphalt contrasts with the older bit of road,
while cut marks from the concrete saw offset the older cracks
in the pavement surface. The rust accents in the cut
lines relieve the gray with welcome color.
And I'm typing comments about the street workers' efforts
as though they knew what they were doing. Humph.
Actually, this work has been going on all over Speedway for
the past couple years. The town is making a real effort
to improve itself; knocking down derelict buildings
and erecting new businesses along Main Street,
the streets have been trenched, then repaved, for new
sewage lines all over town. This began in about 2009 and,
while the redevelopment was long planned, the sewage
and sidewalk construction seem particularly intense,
as though the town had received a gift from above.