They came in the dead of night.
Dozens of trucks lined up to pour concrete for the first phase of the new Comal County Jail’s slab foundation at 2 a.m. Wednesday.
After numerous delays caused by ill-timed rain, fog, mist and high humidity, the weather cleared long enough for the site to dry and for concrete to cure properly.
In all, 54 trucks poured 534 cubic yards of concrete for about seven hours on the northwest side of the building, where the kitchen, laundry, mechanical and other support service areas will be located. Crews like to pour late at night because with no sun and less heat, the concrete cures more slowly, giving dozens of workers time to trowel it smooth.
The next phase of slab pouring is scheduled for Oct. 11, where concrete will be poured for the booking, intake, release and transport areas of the jail.
The slab work is the second major pouring job to begin at the site in the past month. On Sept. 20, crews poured the first concrete tilt-wall panels, which are the sections of wall that a crane will place around the interior and exterior of the jail. The tilt-wall panels are poured on casting beds that will be broken apart and hauled off site to make way for the next phases of the foundation. So far, 37 panels have been poured – roughly a third of the total. The first panels will be lifted into place in about a month.