August 26, 2016 |
Diggerland was designed as a place for kids to play on downsized or safety-modified excavators, backhoes, and asphalt rollers. What surprised the owners of America's only construction-equipment amusement park after it opened two years ago in West Berlin, Camden County, is the number of adults who were clogging up the ride lines. Enter Diggerland XL , the new adult sandbox where grown-ups get to try full-size wheel loaders, excavators, and bulldozers on for size for extra-large money.
October 10, 2015 |
Mariya Plekan said she was in the Salvation Army thrift store, about to make her purchase and leave, when she heard a cracking sound. A steel beam landed in front of her, then an avalanche of debris entombed her. "I realized I was going to die here," Plekan told a Philadelphia jury Thursday. Her next thought: She was still alive, and she felt no pain. But she was pinned so tightly, she could move her arms only slightly. And then she waited, long into the night - almost 14 hours. For the first hour, she said, she screamed for help but could not be heard over the throbbing of construction equipment and the chaotic noise above her. A worried friend called her cellphone, again and again, but Plekan could not answer.
November 6, 2012 |
On a Tuesday morning two weeks ago, Philadelphia gallery operator Jinous Kazemi was running after a Nissan Pathfinder on Third Street in Old City, shouting and waving as she tried to get the driver's attention. At first I thought it was a desperate form of customer solicitation. Then I noticed the traffic cone wedged under the Pathfinder's carriage. The driver had unknowingly run over it as he tried to maneuver around a block-long construction site between Market and Chestnut Streets that business owners there say has chased away motorists and pedestrians for more than a year.
September 28, 2012 |
In a possible case of competitive sabotage, skilled vandals destroyed from $2 million to $3 million worth of construction equipment at a Northeast Philadelphia work site, officials said Thursday. "It was like a scene from a movie, like Armageddon ," said Capt. Jack McGinnis, commanding officer of Northeast Detectives. Workers for Walsh Construction Co. II L.L.C. left the site, near Magee Avenue and New State Road in Tacony, about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. When the workers returned at 7 a.m. Thursday, "they found the entire place completely demolished," McGinnis said.
October 16, 2011 |
When the chunks of concrete began falling, Camden's Lanning Square School closed and students were temporarily moved into two 19th-century buildings. Nine years and $10 million later, the Lanning Square School has been demolished, architectural plans have been drawn for a new building, and adjacent homes have been seized by eminent domain - but the neighborhood is nowhere near getting a new school. Now children's advocates are calling for an investigation into how part of the land set aside for a $42.4 million school has become a parking lot for a politically connected construction project.
July 31, 2001 |
For more than three years, getting to and from the Capital Complex from outside the city has meant running a gauntlet of jackhammers, bulldozers, cranes, and other heavy equipment along Route 29 in front of the Waterfront Park stadium. For residents of Lamberton Street, where the construction is concentrated, the agony has been compounded by the noise, dust, stench, danger and inconvenience of extra traffic rumbling past their homes. The Route 29 Improvement Project, state transportation officials said last week, will be completed by May. It won't be a day too soon, especially for those who live and work in the vicinity.
June 28, 2000 |
While Philadelphia is welcoming visitors to the city for the Sunoco Welcome America! festivities - you know fireworks, Mummers, the whole schmear - Philadelphians are carefully negotiating the streetscape around town. The pavement and street in and around the Pennsylvania Convention Center are blocked with concrete slabs and it's just 33 days from the start of the Republican National Convention. Construction equipment, shovels and piles of stones and orange street cones line the area instead of potted plants.
July 13, 1999 |
There's something wrong with the picture of a $60,000 backhoe rolling down a Kensington street at night at close to its maximum speed of about 25 mph. For one thing, it's not titled or licensed for street use. For another, nearly all construction work employing backhoes is daytime. "Late at night - well, you know they're not doing any construction work then," said Police Lt. John Hagerty of the Auto Squad. What's wrong with the picture is that another backhoe, the most stolen piece of construction equipment on the map, is being pilfered.
January 12, 1999 |
A rash of vandalism of heavy construction machinery around the region has prompted a trade association to offer a $100,000 reward. According to Associated Builders & Contractors Inc., which represents commercial contractors, vandals have repeatedly poured a metallic, sandlike substance into the engine oil or hydraulic tanks of heavy equipment at various construction sites. In most instances, the machines' engines had to be replaced. Between June and October, three contractors have had property damage totaling $50,000 in six incidents, association officials said.
June 9, 1998 |
The loud crack of gunfire was familiar on the street where Everett Marshall worked, but the Brewerytown auto mechanic decided to look outside anyway when he heard shots yesterday afternoon. Marshall, 32, left off tinkering with his own Buick Regal and stuck his head out the door of the garage where he worked. That, police said, was Marshall's last act. Gunmen firing down the 2800 block of Thompson Street apparently missed their intended target and instead hit Marshall once in the head, police said.