In this province, climate dictates when we build, farm, fish and do road repairs.
We have no choice but to make hay while the sun shines.
May-October is the prime season for road repair and construction. I certainly understand that there is a window of opportunity in which to pave and pour concrete. What I do not understand is why contractors and government do not maximize that period to ensure a minimum of interference for users of our highway and road infrastructure.
Case in point, all of the road construction work going on in the city this summer. It is great to see these needed projects being completed, but why does it seem that advisories are not posted so motorists can avoid the areas under construction or that the construction is scheduled around peak traffic periods.
Yesterday on the way back into the city a car accident on the Outer Ring necessitated a detour down Kenmount Road. There was no notice of repair work on that stretch of road on the City website! it appeared to be the most efficient route to follow.
Instead, I drove into a traffic jam, the likes of which I had never experienced in the city. Traffic crawled, there were several accidents as impatient drivers tried to get out of the slowdown. Turns out that the source of the slowdown was some unannounced "scratch-and-patch repairs and paving". It took me 45 minutes to get down to the turn-off to get back onto the Outer Ring Road.
Can some one please tell me why contractors in this city do not do this work at night when traffic is lighter! I have lived in major cities like Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. They seem to get it right. It would seem so much more efficient. I do not ever recall coming across night work sites here.Why not build clauses into the contracts enforcing 7 P..M to 7 A.M. construction zones (in non residential areas)?
Instead, crews seem to begin at rush hour in the morning and finish just after the evening rush hour is finished? What gives? Imagine if fishermen and farmers worked only between 7 AM to 7 PM, they would never make a living.
A little better communication and adopting night construction would eliminate a lot of needless aggravation for residents of the city