hpinsane wrote: They've already dammed the creek near Comet, where that silver pipe connects to those pumps. They will redirect the creek using the well discussed plastic piping.
And that B&M picture is a great example. How deep do you think the support goes into the concrete? Not the 40/50 feet that length of the plastic piping at Creekside Catering is.
So, they've bypassed the creek with the silver pipeline, only to redirect the creek with the black tubing? Seems a little redundant to me, unless the silver pipe and pumps is temporary and will be shutting down at some point, once the black tubing is installed. I don't know, I'm no expert on damming and dredging. I would imagine they don't want the pump running 24/7 for several months. I guess once this black stuff is installed, they can shut it off.
But let's not pretend those plastic tubes can't hold wet concrete in place until it cures. They could, especially while supported by the surrounding earth. I haven't seen those black tubes in person, but they don't look to be 40-50 feet from the photo, more like half of that. Those Batman footers may go 20 feet into the ground. I''m sure there will be footers for Attraction 2012 that run that deep, especially in the water.
My thought process was that since the pond was already bypassed by the silver pipeline, that footers would begin to be placed in the water area soon, as to not have the pond drained for longer than it needed to be, perhaps even to be filled with water again by the time the park opened.
Additionally, I thought that perhaps since the footers would be in the water, that their casings would be plastic as to not rust, while 'water-proofing' the concrete. I'm certainly no insider here. This was all speculation on my part.
I guess time will tell. If the black tubing is indeed for bypassing the creek, then it seems they plan on having it bypassed for an extended period of time - longer than I had originally thought.