Work started on May 1, 2013. Work will stop around November 18, 2013. Next year, surface course paving will be required. Likely, all manholes will also have to be raised next year as this winter’s snowplowing will require manholes to be flush with the binder surface. Why is this project not being completed this year?
There is a reason for the two layers of asphalt requirement on Golf Links Road. If one layer is good enough to handle the traffic for the winter as well as the freeze/thaw periods in late fall and early spring, then why require two? What is the point?
This postponement is going to cost us taxpayers more money. The answer to the question why? is simple. City of Thunder Bay projects are put out to tender with little to no idea of the scope of the work required. Its all a guess. That is why there is never a hard completion deadline for contractors. Never penalties for contractors who do not complete projects on time. No pressure on contractors to finish the work this year.
Taranis Contracting Group came in with the lowest bid at about $6.8 million, although the amount is considered an estimate and final payment will be based on the finished work. Tbnewswatch April 30, 2013
So when do you start a road construction project when you don’t know how much work is required? The answer to that question is also simple: as soon as possible. Why May 1? What is so special about waiting until May 1? Nothing. There had to be work that could have been done before May 1, 2013. Clearing brush. Removing topsoil. Something.
You must remember that the contractor did not have to deal with traffic on this section of Golf Links Road. Golf Links Road was closed to traffic. This should have made construction much easier. Much easier should have translated to working quicker. Working quicker should have translated to finishing ON TIME!
I believe that the construction work could have bee staged so as to keep traffic flowing on Golf Links Road all summer. Basically you are adding one new lane to each side of the existing street or two new lanes on one side of the existing street. The province add passing lanes to existing highways all the time. The highways remain open throughout the construction.
I believe the engineers in the City of Thunder Bay’s Engineering Department are actually managers. The engineers do little if any real engineering when it comes to street construction in Thunder Bay. Nothing that requires using their PEO stamps. Manager of Engineering? Same story. Do you see any benefit to the taxpayer? I don’t. Waste of money.
Civil Engineering Technicians are cheaper and can do everything the engineers are doing. Required accreditation of city jobs for no reason at all?
Do any of the City of Thunder Bay street construction projects finish on schedule? Good question. It all comes back to City Management and just how pathetically bad our high priced managers are at their jobs.