Posted by Michael McGoldrick, Thu Sep 1 2011 at 8:18 pm
NCC super slow at repairing the North Loop.
Last spring the NCC said it would not be able to repair the parkway before August. They had all sorts of reasons why it was going to take so long to replace a simple culvert. They needed to carry out biological studies, conduct geotechnical and hydrotechnical analysis, undertake an environmental assessment process, and then proceed with a tendering for the actual construction work. When I first wrote about this last June, I mused about how long it would take to repair a culvert on a major road in Ottawa. A day? Two days?
Although I have been avoiding this part of the Gatineau Park, I did go a few times to check on what was being done. There was no sign of any repair work in early or mid-August. I went again today (Sept 1st) and there was still no sign of any activity to replace the culvert and reopen to the north loop. In fact, everything looks the way it did last spring. The east side of the parkway is partially collapsed, while the pavement on the west side is still intact.
Even by NCC standards, the slow pace at which they are repairing the culveret is a little mind boggling. I do have a little advice for them. Maybe they should use contractors who do work for the City of Ottawa. They were able to repair a broken watermain and restore full water supply to 27,000 homes in Manotick, Barrhaven, and Riverside South months ahead of schedule (and they had to dig up long sections of Woodroffe Avenue to do it). And then there’s the contractor responsible for installing the segregated bike lane in downtown Ottawa. It was originally suggested that the bike lane would only be ready for August or September, but it opened in mid-July.
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