Finding Aid of the Interstate Highway 40 Tunnel Construction Photograph Collection, PHC.97

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Finding Aid of the Interstate Highway 40 Tunnel Construction Photograph Collection, PHC.97

Abstract

Includes photographs, negatives, and other materials that document the construction of the westbound tunnel of I-40 close to the border between North Carolina and Tennessee.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Interstate Highway 40 Tunnel Construction Photograph Collection
Call Number
PHC.97
Creator
Payne, Andrew C.
Date
1967 - 1969
Extent
172.00 items
Language
English
Repository
Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina

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Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ph.C.97, Interstate Highway 40 Tunnel Construction Photograph Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, NC, USA.

Arrangement Note

The photographs are arranged in chronological order

Historical Note

Andrew C. Payne, an English civil engineer, held the title of assistant to the resident engineer for Michael Baker, Jr., Inc. Consulting Engineers and supervised the work of the contractor, Lewis Construction Associates. Payne and his staff provided the site lines for the alignment and profile of the highway and tunnel and administered the contract on behalf of the State Highway Department.

Contents of the Collection

1. Photographs, 1967-1969

<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">October, 1967</unitdate>, October, 1967
West portal rock excavation and placing rockfill
East portal rock excavation
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">October-November, 1967</unitdate>, October-November, 1967
Work on retaining wall base at west portal
Forming foundations at east portal
Curing west portal foundations
General view of site from east
Forming retaining wall at west portal
Concreting retaining wall at east portal
Concreting retaining wall at east portal
Concreting retaining wall at east portal
Drilling jumbo at west rock face
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">November-December, 1967</unitdate>, November-December, 1967
General view of site from west
General view of site from east
Assembling drilling jumbo
Curing east portal retaining wall
Resident engineer's office
Curing east portal retaining wall
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">January-February, 1968</unitdate>, January-February, 1968
Erecting steelwork at west portal
Erecting steelwork at west portal
Commencing drilling at east portal rock face
Commencing drilling at east portal rock face
Commencing drilling at east portal rock face
Completing steel shield at west portal
Constructing reinforced concrete base at east portal
Constructing reinforced concrete base at east portal
Drilling at west portal rock face
First stage of east portal retaining wall
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">March-May, 1968</unitdate>, March-May, 1968
Tunnel drilling
Excavating and disposal of rock from west portal
Erection of steel shield at east portal
Erection of steel shield at east portal
Erection of steel shield at east portal
The drilling jumbo
Drilling at the east portal rock face
Drilling at the east portal rock face
Site view from west
Excavating rock at east portal
General view of I-40 looking west
Excavating rock at east portal
Steel shield at east portal
Drilling
Steel shield at east portal
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">June-August, 1968</unitdate>, June-August, 1968
Assembling the steel formwork for the tunnel
Assembling the steel formwork for the tunnel
General view of the site from east
General view of the site from east
Assembling the platform for the tunnel lining steelfixers
Placing rock backfill at east portal
Steelfixers platform and tunnel form ready for use
Steelfixers platform and tunnel form ready for use
Retaining wall construction at east portal
Retaining wall construction at east portal
Moving the steelfixers platform toward the west portal
Moving the tunnel form into the west portal
Completing the east portal retaining wall
Completing the east portal retaining wall
Forming the tunnel lining at the west portal
Forming the tunnel lining at the west portal
Completing the east portal retaining wall
Completing the east portal retaining wall
Forming the tunnel lining at the west portal (E.J. Forslund in foreground)
Forming the tunnel lining at the west portal
Pumping concrete at the east portal retaining wall
Backfilling around the steel shield at east portal
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">August-September, 1968</unitdate>, August-September, 1968
Concreting the tunnel lining and portal arch at west portal
Concreting the tunnel lining and portal arch at west portal
Backfilling around the steel shield at the east portal
Constructing small retaining wall outside east portal
Concreting the tunnel lining and portal arch at west portal
Concreting the tunnel lining and portal arch at west portal
Forming the median traffic barrier wall-eastern approaches
Road base laying-east
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">September, 1968</unitdate>, September, 1968
View of west portal
Completed tunnel lining and steel form beyond
View of east portal retaining wall
Forming the median barrier
View of site from west showing road sub-base
Readymix concrete being delivered for pumping
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">October-December, 1968</unitdate>, October-December, 1968
Construction of west portal
Pumping the tunnel lining from the eastern end
View from backfill above steel shield of east portal construction
View of median barrier along I-40
Forming the median wall at the western end
Concreting the tunnel liner through the steel shield at the east portal
Concreting the tunnel liner through the steel shield at the east portal
Forming the transition section of the median wall at the western end
The completed transition section of the median wall
Work at the east portal
Work at the east portal
Lighting installation for eastbound tunnel
Erecting formwork at the east portal
Construction at west portal
View from east portal looking east
January-February, 1969
View of western approaches
View of western approaches with traffic open through east-bound tunnel
Lighting being installed
View from east
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">January-March, 1969</unitdate>, January-March, 1969
Internal lighting
Road laying
Grouting and finishing work to the tunnel lining
View of site from west
View of east portal
View of east portal looking east
Internal finishing work
Internal finishing work
East portal
Inside the east portal
Completing the backfill above the steel shield at the east portal
Completing the backfill above the steel shield at the east portal
Completing the backfill above the steel shield at the east portal
Completed backfill above the east portal
View of east portal
Finished retaining wall at east portal
March, 1969
Ready for road markings
Almost finished-west portal
Michael Baker Jr., Inc. site staff (l to r): Andrew C. Payne - assistant to resident engineer; Frank Blow - surveyor; E. J. <emph render="doublequote">Fuzzy</emph> Forslund - resident engineer; and James Messer - clerk
Work completed-view of east portal
Miscellaneous Items
Miscellaneous prints of tunnel construction including finished product
Miscellaneous black and white negatives of tunnel construction
Miscellaneous color negatives of tunnel construction
A Pictorial Supplement from <title xlink:type="simple" render="italic">The Waynesville Mountaineer</title>, titled <title xlink:type="simple" render="doublequote">Pigeon River Road, Milestone to the Genius of Man</title>, October 21, 1968
Miscellaneous textual material including a listing of the site staff of Michael Baker Jr., Inc. Consulting Engineers, I-40 Tunnel Construction, 1967-1969; resignation of Andrew C. Payne and resulting letter from vice president of Michael Baker Jr., Inc.

Subject Headings

  • Burch, Cameron W.
  • Lewis Construction Associates.
  • Michael Baker, Jr., Consulting Engineers.
  • North Carolina. Division of Highways.
  • Roads--Design and construction
  • Interstate 40.
  • Waynesville (N.C.)--Newspapers.
  • Negatives (photographic)
  • Photographs.
  • Acquisitions Information

    Andrew C. Payne, All's Well, Whitchurch, England; donated the collection to the State Archives on June 4, 2003. During March-April, 2012, these records were moved from the State Archives building in Raleigh to the Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Stephen E. Massengill, June, 2004
  • Encoded by Dietra Stanley, October, 2005