Saw this last week posted all over Pier 3. Reading it, I am surprised that with all the high priced management/supervisory personnel we taxpayers are paying to run that project, the closest date they can come up with for paving the parking lots and roads is “begin the week of September 26th.”
From what I remember about paving operations is that it involves quite a bit of site prep. Grading roads, curb and gutter in place, cleaning parking lots and so forth. That would all have to be done prior to the week of September 26th in order to begin paving the week of the 26th. As of Wednesday morning, there is still much work to do as far as prep goes. Actually, all of it is still left to do. They do not appear to be any closer to paving roads this week than they were last week.
Also, from what I remember about paving operations is that it involves a paving contractor. These companies have workers, equipment and asphalt product that all needs to be ready on a specific day. Paving contractors usually want to know what that day is. Beginning the week of the 26th is not specific enough for this work. Beginning on September 26th is the kind of information paving contractors want to know.
The fact that the Waterfront Development Office has no idea when the paving operation is set to begin, yet they are prohibiting boaters from using the Pier 3 parking lot is wrong. The date on the sign needs to be specific to the date that work on the parking lots and roads is scheduled to begin. The City of Thunder Bay does this quite often. When in doubt, just close things for a really long time. Street, parking lot, Pier 3. Who cares right? It only affects taxpayers and who are they really?
Incompetent project management? Sure looks like it to me.