Once the piles are driven, concrete footings encase and tie in certain piles and concrete columns are formed atop these footings, as below.
These are the same columns that certain drivers make contact with when they choose to sleep and drive at the same time.
It has been a better week so far, as I have avoided certain personnel on the project. I now officially miss 100 degree heat as it topped out at 46 today, with about a -10 wind chill from interstate traffic. Inspected/tested concrete most of the day so I was wet/cold most of the day.
Since I actually spend most of my time watching/inspecting work I feel the need to count blessings.....
Thank God I was not the fella on top of the roadway paver waving to me as i drove out of sight at 6:00 pm. He is stuck there all night. Bless the people that REALLY work.