On the residential portions of Preston Street the streetscaping is less fancy. A monolithic (one piece) concrete sidewalk + curb is poured in one go using wooden forms that were pegged in place a few hours before.
The old lampposts are now in the middle of the new sidewalk. They won’t be pulled out until the new lamp posts with efficient “shoebox” overhead light fixtures and lower level decorative lighting fixtures are connected and working. Until then, the missing concrete squares will be filled with temporary asphalt patches. Then in Spring 2010, at the same time as the crosswalks are installed, the missing squares will be poured. The old post used to be on the “far side” of the old sidewalk, which just goes to show how “street narrowing” sometimes results in street widening, in this case to accomodate 53′ tractor trailers turning the corner.