[ENG] Construction 126: Street paving (pt 1)

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Once the construction of the side alley is completed, I can dedicate my efforts to the main street.
The carriageway that runs past the loggia of the Domus follows the same slope as the subterranean river, leaning on the covering vaults of the tunnel.

After the abutment of the vaults and the filling of the subsoil, the surface of the alley remained rather irregular. This is not a problem because the level at which it is now is still much lower than the road
level. In order to start laying the pavement, I will first have to smooth the surface and give the bottom
a slight curve to make it convex and convey the rainwater on both sides.

Precisely due to the flow of water, at the point where the main and side alley meet, I will build a stone manhole that will connect the road with the drain of the underground tunnel. But let’s proceed in order: the completion of the road surface is carried out by filling a previously shaped metal grid with quick-setting cement, as shown in the following pictures.

After the cement has dried, the surface is ready for laying the first stones. As for the composition of the pavement, I make a first test with bricks made by cutting a sharpening stone.

This artificial stone is very easy to cut (with a hacksaw), but it is rather fragile due to its sandy composition. The final look of the bricks, scratched on the surface with an awl, would be perfect for the reproduction of a modern pavement, but is too regular and uniform for a medieval street. However, this is only a test for study, since the material for the paving of the road is already in stock and waiting to be used...