Friday, January 20, 2006

The Finch Saga

No - this isn't another post about the birds who avail themselves of the nuts and seeds I place in my birdfeeder. Instead, this is about the ongoing saga of the Finch Ave washout - more to the point, the time it has taken (and will take) to repoen the roadway: - 5 months later, Finch reopens ... sort of

Well - it's already been five months - and there are now two lanes open. Per city staff projections, the full reopening will not happen until May - making for a total of ten months.

As usual, there are excuses (e.g. "it was raining".)

Is ten months a long time? You bet. When multiple sections of the Santa Monica Freeway in LA collapsed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the highway was back in service within 85 days. The work to rebuild the freeway was put out for competitive bids - and began 19 days after the quake. In Toronto, it took almost 85 days to award the contract. This is David Miller's great (and continually growing) bureaucracy in action (or not as the case may be.)

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