[Warning: Totally off-topic]
A few days ago what looks like spray painted graffiti appeared on the street near my house.
Four white L-shaped lines with arrowheads on each leg roughly define a 12' by 20' rectangle with a big X just about dead center. Above the X is the word Dig and below it is 149'. There is also a blue arrow with an S on one side and an R on the other and a second blue arrow, this one surrounded by an S and a T.
Whatever is about to happen here seems to have received not one but two approvals, judging by the red and yellow OKs near one of the corners.
I suspect there's going to be a big hole here real soon but I sure hope they don't plan on going down 149'.
Update: Two men were around this morning and added to the existing artwork. There is now a well-defined 6' by 10' box with a new X (this one having 152' under it), along with 4 more arrows and a couple of miscellaneous lines. With the new X being about 3' to the east of the old one, the numbers now appear to be measurements from a benchmark roughly in the middle of a nearby intersection.
The men were soon back with what could be described as a wheeled, gasoline-powered Skill saw on steroids which they used to cut through the pavement along the 4 sides of the rectangle.
The backhoe cannot be far behind.
Update: Well the backhoe did show up this morning, along with some sort of tracked digging machine, a dump truck and a few workmen. In pretty short order they broke open the asphalt and dug down about 11' to expose a partially collapsed section of the storm water sewer. In less than an hour they had the bad piece out and a new piece installed.
The guys broke for lunch leaving this scene.
Shortly after lunch the crew returned and finished filling in their hole and then installed a proper asphalt patch.