Mostly. There is still plenty of shovel work remaining to get the footing trenches exact, and there's a substantial amount of manual digging to do in the areas pipes were discovered during the dig, but the rough (read machine) excavation is complete.
I had estimated it would take two days to complete the rough excavation. It took five. The key reasons being:
- Time taken to demolish existing sleeper retaining walls, posts, concrete footings and remove the existing flora.
- Three broken pipes, requiring hasty repairs and preventing use of the excavator in those areas.
- The massive amount of time required to move the excavated material using the excavator (didn't have a bobcat/dozer on site).
Here's the site as it stands: