Road repair in Kamenyuki, 2009

Events, facts, documents and evidence: The plan of preparations for the 600th anniversary of Belovezhskaya Pushcha nature reserve status’s protection provided for an overhaul of Route 83, which links the regional center of Brest, the district center Kamenets and the national park, as well as sections of the transit roads that run through the village of Kamenyuki.
Pushchanskaya Street in Kamenyuki had been last asphalted about a decade before, and much of its surface needed repair. The approach roads and sidewalks were in a poor condition, too.

Below is a road sign with details of the project.

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(A road sign bearing details of the road repair project, August 9, 2009)

These are the road construction workers’ living quarters.

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(The living quarters, April 4, 2009)

The road repair operations in Kamenyuki kicked off in the winter of 2009
The shots below show road maintenance workers surveying the site.

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(An engineering survey, February 18, 2009)

In March, workers began to dig up and remove old curbstones along the sides of the road.

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(Removal of old curbstones: 1 – 4 March 26, 2009; 5 – 7 April 6, 2009)

The photographs below show the road with the curbstones removed.

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(The road with the curbstones removed, March 3, 2009)

Considering that the central road had been repaired a relatively short time before, the curb blocks were quite new and could have been reused here or elsewhere if removed with care.
The pictures below show that too many of these blocks, collected and piled up near the living quarters, had been broken or damaged.

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(The “old” curb blocks, May 5, 2009)

They were replaced with these brand new curbstones.

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(New curb blocks, May 5, 2009)

Once the curbs were removed, special machines stripped the asphalt off the sidewalks.

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(Removal of the asphalt from the sidewalks, April 15, 2009)

This was the method used for pulling out and removing the road signs.

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(Removal of old road signs, April 15, 2009)

The shots below show the road maintenance workers.

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(The road menders, April 29, 2009)

These shots show new curbstones being put up.

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(Installation of new curbstones: 1 – May 24, 2009; 2 – June 17, 2009; 3 & 4 – June 25, 2009)

The shot below shows a bus stop.

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(A bus stop, June 25, 2009)

This how the road looked like after curbstones were installed at the near end of the village (1 & 2) and while being prepared for their installation at the far end of the village (3).

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(A part of the road with curbstones and a part, without, June 25, 2009)

At the same time, the workers began repairing the sidewalk.
The shots below show curbstones installed along the sidewalks, as well as trenches filled with sand for installation of paving tiles.

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(Sidewalk repair, June 25, 2009)
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(Sidewalk repair, August 6, 2009)

The sidewalks were pawed with pink-colored tiles.

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(Tiling of the sidewalks, June 25, 2009)
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(Tiling of the sidewalks: 1 & 2 - July 1, 2009; 3 & 4 - July 20, 2009)

Road menders are shown here at work and during a break

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(Road menders at work and during a break: 1nad 2 – June 25, 2009; 3 – July 20, 2009; 4 – August 6, 2009)

The shot below shows lighting cable being buried along the road.

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(Installation of lighting cable, June 25, 2009)

The pits for future lawns, with lime trees growing in them, in between the road and sidewalk are filled with black soil that was specially delivered to the site.

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(Filling of the loan pits with black soil: 1 – July 16, 2009; 2 and 3 – July 20, 2009)

The shots below show a paver and a line of trucks loaded with asphalt.

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(A paver and trucks with asphalt, July 20, 2009)

The shots below show concrete being fed to the work site.

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(Concrete mixer, August 6, 2009)

Paving tiles piled up in a bus terminal area (1 & 2) and along the road (3 & 4).

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(Piles of paving tiles: 2 – June 20, 2009; 1, 3 & 4 – August 6, 2009)

Workers are making7 slopes for automobiles to access backyards.

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(Access slopes, August 6, 2009)

This is road construction equipment at work.

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(September 5, 2009)
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(Road construction equipment: 1 - August 20, 2009; 2, 3 & 4 – August 6, 2009)

The original plan was to build an extra approach road to the new culture venue that was under construction. The road would run next to a residential building and gardens through acacia bush. The road was cancelled after discussing the environmental and social implications with local residents.
The shots below show the place where the aforementioned road would begin blocked with curbstones, and a footing for a fence installed.

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(The site of the projected approach road, August 6, 2009)

By mid-summer, it was understood that the workforce available could not complete the planned scope of work on time. The team of workers was then reinforced.
The shots below show asphalting of the road.

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(Road asphalting: 1 – August 9, 2009; 2 and 3 – August 10, 2009)

Construction of pedestrian walks is in full steam.

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(Construction of pedestrian walks: 1 & 2 – August 6, 2009; 3- August 10, 2009)
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(Construction of pedestrian walks: 4 – August 11, 2009; 5 – August 12, 2009; 6 – August 14, 2009)

A student construction team from the oblast center of Brest came in to help.

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(The student construction team, August 11, 2009)

A lot of resources were used in creating grass lawns along the lime tree alley.
The shots below show delivery of black soil and filling of lawn pits, with the lime trees growing in them, in between the road and sidewalk.

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(Making of lawns: 1, 2 and 3 – August 12, 2009)
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(Making of lawns: 4 – August 12, 2009; 5 and 6 – August 17, 2009)
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(Making of lawns: 7 – September 6, 2009; 8 – September 17, 2009)

Sowing of lawn grass seeds.

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(Sowing of lawn grass seeds, September 6, 2009)

An inspection by district officials.

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(A district inspection, August 11, 2009)

The shots below show the central road after it was asphalted in early August.

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(The central road, August 6, 2009)
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(The central road, August 9, 2009)

By late August, the workers began asphalting the roads that cross the central street.
The shot below shows Pogranichnaya Street prior to asphalting.

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(Pogranichnaya Street prior to asphalting, August 21, 2009)

A view of Pogranichnaya Street during and after asphalting.

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(The asphalted Pogranichnaya Street, August 28, 2009)

A view of an approach road to the culture venue prior to asphalting.

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(The approach road prior to asphalting, August 14, 2009)

Asphalting of the approach road to the culture venue.

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(Asphalting of the approach road, September 6, 2009)

A view of the asphalted approach road.

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(The asphalted approach road, September 14, 2009)

Asphalting of the other roads.

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(Asphalting of the other roads, September 6, 2009)

By mid-September, the repair of the central street had been largely completed.
The shots below show the workers clearing excess filler sand from the surface of the paving tiles.

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(Sweeping of the sidewalks: 1 - September 14, 2009; 2, 3 & 4 – September 16, 2009)

Workers are sweeping and cleaning the central street.

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(Cleaning operations, September 3, 2009)

The final tile leveling work.

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(Tile leveling, September 15, 2009)

A tractor is sweeping the central street and side streets.

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(Sweeping of the road, September 15, 2009)

Workers are removing trash from the streets for the last time prior to the celebration of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha nature reserve status’s 600th anniversary.

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(A final collection operation, October 2, 2009)

The shots below show the new lawn grass shooting up.

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(New lawn grass, September 6, 2009)

These photographs show the repaired central road in Kamenyuki…

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(The repaired central road: 1, 2 and 3 – September 9, 2009; 4 – August 2, 2009; 5 – September 19, 2009; 6 and 7 – September 15, 2009)

… and the side streets that run across it.

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(The repaired side streets, September 15, 2009)