CONSTRUCTION: March of the Monsters

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Each day at dawn an explosion of sound reverberates through the hills above California's Carquinez Strait, 30 miles up San Pablo Bay from San Francisco and the Golden Gate. At the sandy tip of a new superhighway pushing across the hills from Richmond to the industrial town of Crockett, an army of mammoth machines comes noisily to life; their motors growl and their exhausts spout blue fumes into the mountain air. Tough, broadnosed bulldozers hungrily tear up the soil; potbellied scrapers scoop and level it; lumbering compact-ers press it down with...

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