Open Sesame: Yes, the Big Dig at 5th and Elm has been repaved and will open shortly.

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Actually, 5th Street appears to be open now. Looking west (above) and north (below, with the Break Wind Lofts at Duggins Flats casting a long TIF shadow).

Now east, toward the site of the Great Barbershop Siege of 2016, and then …

 … a longer view from — HEY WAIT, GET OUT OF THE WAY.

This is more placid.

Perfect spot for two-way traffic, wouldn’t you say?

Here are a few corresponding views from various stages of what proved to be a two-and-a-half-month project. Let’s hope the perennial subterranean problems at this intersection have been resolved for good.

But what about the subway station? Hope spring eternal.

ASK THE BORED: The Big Dig at 5th & Elm enters its 9th Big Week, with 33 more Big Days to come.

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