How bad our our streets? Well, this Wilson Street crater has been around for two to three weeks now. No rush to fix it so it must not be that high a priority repair.
This Marina Park/Prince Arthur’s Landing smoking area always attracts my attention. I think it sums up the problems with this city quite succinctly. I guess you can lead smokers to an ashtray but you can’t make them use it. Too funny.
This parking spot often used by city workers is located right in the busiest area pedestrian wise, in the park. People entering the park via the pedestrian overpass as well as skatepark users cross the street at this point. Allowing vehicles to be parked anywhere near a pedestrian crossing area is dangerous and should not be allowed. Award winning design?
I am not sure what this parking area is for…maybe drop off and pick up of skatepark users? Other than that, I’m drawing a blank.
The fact that City of Thunder Bay vehicles are the most enthusiastic users of this parking space is very concerning. I thought that City of Thunder Bay supervisory staff would not allow this but, because we are talking about Thunder Bay, nothing surprises me anymore. All I can say is there is a future lawsuit right there.
There are three parking lots in the vicinity of the Water Garden Pavilion/Skatepark/Fountain/Skating Rink…..why city workers cannot park their vehicles in one of those parking lots is beyond me. My guess is that city workers are lazy.
To make matters worse, this truck was parked facing in the opposite direction of the adjacent traffic lane. I am sure that is a definite no no.
I believe that there are no rules as far as parking goes in that park. Lots of signs restricting parking but zero enforcement.
Then there is the asphalt…two layers versus one. The dividing line is at the north end of the train station. The asphalt thickness north of that point, including the street that goes around the Water Garden Pavilion and the parking lot between the restaurant and Pier 3, is twice that of the street south of that point….only a single layer of asphalt was placed adjacent to condo construction zone/tender 14.
Can you tell the difference between the two areas? Just look at the asphalt. No difference. So why have two layers of asphalt? Extra cost for no reason at all. Don’t believe me? Go look for yourself. So what you ask?
Well asphalt is expensive. If you look at how many of Thunder Bay’s streets are residential, and understand that each of those streets have double the asphalt that is really necessary, then you, as a taxpayer, might understand.
The problem with having half the asphalt depth for several years is the fact that the curb and gutter were installed to accommodate an additional layer of asphalt. The result is that curb and gutter have suffered damage.
Rusting metal (reinforcing steel?) surfacing at several spots on the fountain/skating rink pad has been going on for several years now. Why?
Tiles…they are having a rough time..lots of cracking but then there is this kind of damage…
Combine this with the previous Thunder Baywatch posts here, here, here as well other posts on Prince Arthur’s Landing and you will have a pretty accurate idea of what we taxpayers have bought with our $60 million plus. Just type the words “prince arthur’s landing” into the search window. Lots of photos.
Its obvious to me that all these big ticket super projects that City Hall keeps promoting are solely about getting huge piles of public cash into the pockets of the private sector. The City of Thunder Bay has zero intention of maintaining anything it builds..Prince Arthur’s landing is a prime example as is the Trowbridge Falls Bridge or the Botanical Conservatory or the Court Street bridge or the Pedestrian Overpass.. the same will have happened to the proposed $120 million multiplex. Maintenance of the facility would have been bare bones and eventually the building would need major reno work.
There is more money to be made by the private sector in replacing infrastructure as opposed to maintaining it. Its always about the money. Remember that.
Oh yes..one more thing, catchbasins in the construction area…
Its good that you lined them with filter-cloth to keep dirt, contaminates and debris out of them but you do have to clean them out once and a while. If you don’t then rainwater cannot pass through the plugged up cloth easily and backs-up onto the street. You end up with a small lake on the street…exactly what happened during the last rain event. Just a thought.