November 8, 2012

A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On!

So as I’ve mentioned, there’s a ton of construction on our street right now. It started further down the street (I suck at estimating distance so I can’t tell you how far, 1/4 km maybe?) with the reconstruction of the bridge over the creek and then another crew, a different crew from a different company, came in and started tearing the pavement up on our whole street from the bridge to just past my house. So about 2/3 of a km maybe total, including the bridge.

They put up a set of lights at the bridge because starting at just past our house, the road goes to 1 lane, because they’re tearing up the ditches on the side of the road and they use the other lane for their big machines. But then at the bridge, the opposite lane is the one that’s open because they’re currently only doing 1 side of the bridge, 1 lane. So to drive down our street right now, because it’s now a badly potholed gravel road, it’s like off-roading. Especially when it rains and the potholes deepen due to the ¬†gravel washing away and the giant puddles that can be so bad I’ve often been afraid that splashing through them would flood our engine.

There’s no construction on the weekends, but if the road washes out due to rain, the construction company comes and tries to fix it by putting down more gravel in the holes etc. because so many people complained last month.

The sign when you come into town from the beach just says “road improvements” but I can tell they’re putting in water pipes across the road. This makes me wonder if the rumours that the field across the road from us really is going to be turned into a subdivision sometime soon. Why else would they be putting in those water pipes when there are no houses on that side of the road and obviously all the houses on our side of the road have water?

There is also spray paint on our driveway that indicates they’re going to be moving the sidewalks closer to our houses, so they’re going to be widening the road too. I can’t really see why, it’s not like they can widen it enough to add a turn lane or anything and there’s nowhere for a turn lane to turn to. Unless they’re going to be building houses across the road.

Bridges need maintenance is the only explanation I have for the bridge.

Since the construction is literally right in front of my house right now, their machines are causing such a ruckus that they’re shaking my whole little house and making my dogs bark constantly because they’re really freaked out.

The supposed time frame for all this construction was to be 2 months but it’s already been 6 weeks and they don’t look like they’re going to be done any time soon. I wonder what’s going to happen when it snows. There’s no way a snowplow and this construction can live a harmonious existence. And the sidewalk snow machine won’t be able to get through. It’s going to be an even bigger mess than it already is!

I took some pics from my living room window of the digger in front of my house that keeps shaking things up. Then I dared myself to go to the end of the driveway and take a picture up the street. That was totally unnerving so I only took the one picture and went inside.

I didn’t use a polarizing filter so you can see my reflection…
I have one, I just didn’t use it.

They must have a pretty tight deadline though, maybe, maybe to be done before it snows, because they’re out there until well after dark. Or at least the slow/stop sign lady in front of our house is. I’ve often thought about bringing her a coffee but I don’t know if that’s maybe against the rules or something and then it’d be awkward because she’d have to come to our house before she leaves to bring me back my travel mug. I also don’t know how she takes her coffee. I do know she has like, 10 hour days though. I hope she makes a lot of money.

And that’s all I have to say about that.


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  1. scutterman says:

    They may have put 6 weeks on the planning application because that was the only way to get it approved. It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission and once the road is dug up the job has to finish, no matter how long it takes. A road at the end of our street was completely shut down while it was dug up. They set a time limit of 6 weeks and it was realistically closer to 6 months because they “discovered” a mine shaft after starting work despite the fact that it would have shown up in the surveys they did beforehand.

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