It's just another brick in the sidewalk
by Lisa Tome
While the Town of Chesapeake City unveiled its modern hiking and biking trail recently, they stick to tradition with other amenities.
Some of the sidewalks in the town are still built the old fashioned way - one brick at a time.
Crews from the Pasadena, Maryland-based Image Asphalt were in South Chesapeake City installing brick sidewalks. There is nothing fast or easy about the process.
"I learned it (the trade) from someone else. You are on your knees all day and you have to make sure it's level," explained one of the workers.
Two different types of sidewalks were being put in. Some are rectangular. Others feature a more intricate diagonal diamond pattern.
"It's concrete. And then there is sand. You press the bricks in the sand then put sand in between all the bricks," said the worker.
"Making this (diagonal) is like a puzzle."
Each of the bricks weighs just over two pounds. The workers may place as many as 500 bricks in a day.
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