- Jan 13, 2008
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- St Lawrence Market Area
I think KQQR is actually NOT a simple intersection and their plan was (is) to replace most if not all of the underground infrastructure prior to replacing the TTC track. Not saying KQQR has been done well but it WAS/IS complicated.I came for an update about the project!
Let's be clear: Unions are good; worker protections are good; many construction projects in Ontario are clearly mis-managed; there is corruption in the industry due to the fact that it's hard to exactly track work and money can easily go to someone's "friend"; some of the corruption is likely connected to organized crime; but there's also a healthy dose of bureaucratic mismanagement; and when it gets to the municipal level, there's penny-pinching that slows everything down.
Who knows why this project is delayed till April, but oh god, if you want to witness a mismanaged and relatively simple construction project, please visit the KQQR intersection.
Wellington is another example and in that case the work has gone on from about 2014 to date and included separate contracts for water/sewer/ gas/ hydro/ telecoms/traffic signals and trackwork and then streetscape. I understand that the problem there was that by the time the final work was done (or in process) the locations of the (new) underground infrastructure had changed (plus they found some old foundations and an old oil tank @ the FlatIron). There is certainly lots of blame to go around on BOTH projects but much is the fault of utilities who are not 100% sure where their underground 'stuff' is buried (and probably the City for not confirming where things are BEFORE work starts.)