A construction crew this week is expected to use a heavy-duty cement cutting saw to separate the stairs from the remainder of the wall that is being removed within the emergency stairwell on the Freret Street side of the library building. This operation is expected to begin tomorrow morning (Wednesday, Oct. 30) and may continue through the rest of this work week, 8 am to 5 pm. It is impossible to tell in advance if the saw will be louder than the drilling that has taken place in the stairwell so far or how much the noise may travel throughout the rest of the building, but considerable noise from the work is anticipated.
The cement cutting is related to the construction work that will build shear wall vertical concrete slabs running from the 2nd floor
up within the emergency stairwells at each end of the library building, and
behind one of the marble panels in its central stairwell. Work within the
emergency stairwell on the Freret Street side of the building is expected to
continue through next month.