BCB's David Sameshima found much more activity going on at Wrigley Field as the new year began. The explanation for this might be as simple as the calendar changing. Budgets often roll over after January 1 and perhaps there are more workers on the job now than before simply because there's more money available to pay them.
Here's David's report on the Friday construction:
They have not added any more of those extended decorative tarps yet, so I still had some clear views on Sheffield Ave. They were working all around the ballpark today.The utility work that had been taking place on Sheffield, behind center field, appears to have moved over to the corner of Sheffield and Waveland. They appeared to be wrapping up for the day when I arrived.A new work shift may have been arriving just before 3 p.m. today (photo 12). Until now, I hadn't encounted workers checking in. I have only seen workers checking out for the day.At one point, I had to stop taking photos on the Waveland Avenue side. The street sweeping truck started driving by (photos 7-11). It created quite a sandstorm as it made passes back and forth. I had to leave to protect my camera gear.When I was done taking photos, I took a break to get some coffee and warm up before heading home. It was getting dark when I saw the work lights on in the job site. I went back to take a few more photos.
A number of you asked about David's monopod. There's a photo of it in the gallery (photo 6).
The nighttime photos he mentioned will post at 3 p.m. today.