Here are some photos from two streets recently reconstructed.
Dawson Street is partially done. It was started last fall. The contractor went out of business before completion. I believe that contractor is now part of Prime Terra, the contractor working on Algoma Street. How is this value for money?
Pearl Street is four years old and has cracks in its asphalt, curb and gutter and sidewalks. Also, a large portion of sidewalks and curbs were not replaced. Much of this is in poor condition. How is this value for money?
As you can see, awarding contracts to the lowest bidder is a waste of taxpayer’s money. Now you are asking for more. My question is why?
The section of Dawson that lies between Algoma Street and Peter Street had
water and sewer lines replaced in 2010. The street was resurfaced with one
lift of asphalt with curb and gutter replaced.
The intersection with Jean Street needs more work. Workmanship on all
counts is very poor. The contractor, A1 Paving and Concrete has gone out of
business. The company’s equipment is now part of the Prime Terra stable. I
believe that some A1 Paving employees are also now employed with Prime
Terra. Prime Terra/A1 Paving and Concrete is the contractor working on
This is the poster contract for what’s wrong with our system of awarding work to the lowest bidder.
This is after only one year. Unfortunately, this is normal for our Engineering
Department. Lowest bidder. You get what you pay for.
As I said earlier, there is no point in spending money on renewing City
infrastructure if that money is given to contractors that are not capable of
providing value for money. Our streets will require a large infusion of
maintenance cash long before they should.
When you drive around the city and see the sad state our streets, curbs and
sidewalks are in, the questions that needs to be asked are when was the street
constructed and why is it performing so poorly?
Unless you find out why, you will not fix the problem.
The section of Pearl Street that lies between Court Street and Banning Street
had water and sewer lines replaced in 2007. The street was resurfaced with
some curb and gutter replaced. Some sidewalk was also replaced.
There are now several large cracks in the asphalt. Curb and gutter has cracks
as well as visible signs of spalling. There is also at least one cracked
A large amount of curb and gutter as well as sidewalk was not replaced
One manhole appears to be heaving.
This is after only four years.!!!!