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12jake

9/14/2018 1:44:08 PM
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Roadwork in the City

It is strange that all this construction and closures happen at the same time. I realize that construction season is short in Manitoba. Right now if you want to go South to North you have:  
 
9th street, 13th street, 26th street, 34th street as well as Richmond.  
 
This puts all the traffic onto 18th street (and somewhat 1st) You have to plan carefully if you want to get somewhere and allow double the normal time.  
 
It just would be nice if one or two projects could be finished before more main road closures occur.

Grandmama

9/14/2018 2:43:32 PM
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May 2009
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Appreciate

I appreciate all the upgrades that are being done to our streets and infrastructure and I realize that probably in many cases, the city is at the mercy of the contractors as to when the work is carried out, however...it seems that the majority of it didn't start until August and now we have all the above mentioned streets partially closed at the same time. Yes, it presently takes longer to get from point A to point B and pre-planning your route could save some frustrations but I wish just one construction season they could space projects out just a little bit more and do some in May, June and/or July. Just my opinion...

Pawprints

9/14/2018 5:21:25 PM
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Apr 2018
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School Zones

Only curious as to why the city decided to rip up the streets by school zones (26th Street/Richmond Ave) so late? It's a high traffic area with parents and busses dropping kids off. Not good planning.  
 
I'd like to add that as I was travelling north on 26th by Linden Lanes, people figured as soon as they got past the lights, they could speed up. BCP could really score some tickets if they put radar out in that area.

ifish

9/14/2018 5:41:23 PM
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Sep 2016
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24 hours

In Many cities construction work goes on around the clock so they don't disrupt traffic to much. This might be a good idea

Getty

9/14/2018 5:44:15 PM
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Aug 2008
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No brains

Very poor planning by city of Brandon. First, where was the construction 1st part of summer or even later spring? Everything seems to be dug up second half of summer..  
 
Then those streets that are going to be resurfaced, do they plan on fixing the broken and non existent curbs?  
 
This is what money in Brandon should be spent on. Do it right the first time. So you don't have to fix it later. But yet they spend money on a stupid 8th st bridge, that doesn't benefit 98% of Brandon.

BigDaddy 2

9/16/2018 8:36:24 AM
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May 2010
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Could

it be that this is the only time the contractor (paving company) could allocate a block of time to accomplish all of this? So they start at one end and go until they are done. Which would put the drivers at a slight inconvenience but save the tax payers that piss and moan every chance they get!  
I'm not saying this is the case, but a company I used to work for would schedule 2 jobs (sometimes more) back to back because it would save them on the 2 jobs roughly 4hrs of travel time for each piece of equipment for a 2-4hr job. So factor in $130/hr for my piece of equipment I ran that would save them $520.00 per job and there was roughly 10 of us ranging from that $130 - $250/hr ($5200 if all equipment was $130/hr). That rate doesn't include permits, extra workers and supervisor rates. So the city waits till Bobs Paving Emporium can do all the streets listed the city just saved the tax payers an additional $26,000.00 (only using my figures from a previous job).  
Yes it's a pain, try riding a motorbike in the city right now....but the couple weeks of frustration makes cheaper taxes at the end of the year (maybe).

Pasquale

9/16/2018 10:22:35 AM
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Sep 2017
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Never

Seen as much confusion as we have this year trying to get across the city. Yes yes yes we are grateful for the streets finally be done, but cmon, some have been shut down for months

unbreakable1

9/16/2018 11:54:53 AM
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Jun 2005
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This seems to happen every year but quite honestly, it should change. The city awards a certain paving company in Brandon the contract to resurface a section. This outfit strips off the old stuff and waits until about the last possible moment in the Fall to resurface everything they ripped up over a month ago. One would think there must be more then one paving outfit in Brandon. Maybe I am making too much sense.

Dugr71

9/16/2018 12:18:34 PM
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Apr 2015
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certainly is

More paving contractors in the province. The work goes to tender every year. If the other companies bid lower they would get the work.

Synyster

9/16/2018 12:24:22 PM
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Mar 2010
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.

You should start paying a little more attention then. Because in most cases I have seen one company milling the streets and another company paving the streets when they are cleaned up. I would expect with two large companies only having 7 months a year to do road repairs all over the province that they probably have more then one job on the go. I have worked in that area of construction before. And some of you have absolutely no idea the work that goes into road repair. But seeing as there is so many experts here maybe one of you would start up a new company. If you can be successful there is an absolute ton of money to be made.

12jake

9/16/2018 2:49:24 PM
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May 2010
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missing the point

It was originally stated that there is limited time in our climate to get the work done. It was not said that the workers were not working hard or fast enough. The point of the thread was not that there were two or three roads being worked on at once, only that the cities main arteries are all closed at the same time.

Exhausted

9/16/2018 3:44:21 PM
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Nov 2010
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Overall plan manager

I don’t know if they do this. It would be great if one person oversaw all road planning and scheduling and took in consideration time factors, affects on businesses and home owners etc.  
 
Thus this person would be responsible to keep things moving and on schedule.  
 
Just a thought.

daisychain

9/16/2018 4:49:33 PM
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would that not be the City Planner?

  
Exhausted said "I don’t know if they do this. It would be great if one person oversaw all road planning and scheduling and took in consideration time factors, affects on businesses and home owners etc.  
 
Thus this person would be responsible to keep things moving and on schedule.  
 
Just a thought. "

or whomever is the head at Public Works? there has to be someone who over sees this. Our street was dug up 3 weeks ago and we are still waiting to be paved.

Doug

9/16/2018 10:34:45 PM
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Mar 2005
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Noise

  
ifish said "In Many cities construction work goes on around the clock so they don't disrupt traffic to much. This might be a good idea "

Noise pollution is bad enough in the day. At night even the beeper on a truck backing up would drive me nuts.

Doug

9/16/2018 10:47:07 PM
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Mar 2005
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School

  
Pawprints said "Only curious as to why the city decided to rip up the streets by school zones (26th Street/Richmond Ave) so late? It's a high traffic area with parents and busses dropping kids off. Not good planning.  
 
I'd like to add that as I was travelling north on 26th by Linden Lanes, people figured as soon as they got past the lights, they could speed up. BCP could really score some tickets if they put radar out in that area. "

School zones get no favors. Mainly because many of these projects are not big enough to handle not just the staff but the equipment needed to do it. Multi days with multi type of equipment doing what looks a one day job. Some seasons back I found one reason it is hurry up and wait. At that time there was only one full time paver to be shared between all construction sites. Sounds weird but they are pricy. The same issue with the smaller machine. My guess everyone that is ready to go is waiting for good weather.

Bigrod

9/17/2018 7:35:50 AM
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May 2013
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Warning Signs

Maybe the city or the contractor could of at least put up warning signs about the upcoming 3 inch drop or jump up?  
Drive down 9th street at night and you dont see any of this. You even can hit two sewer bowls that stick up 3 inches.  
Wonder ifcity should be paying for the vehicle damage being caused by these UNMARKED dangers?

cooper

9/20/2018 8:52:05 AM
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May 2006
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Working

On Wednesday I pasted the construction site on 26th and it made me laugh. There was more flag people at the intersection of 26 and Park then there was workers. Four people holding signs stop or slow signs and only two people working in the site. They should maybe up that number in the site to get the job done this year.

Getty

9/20/2018 9:52:06 AM
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Aug 2008
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yup

  
cooper said "On Wednesday I pasted the construction site on 26th and it made me laugh. There was more flag people at the intersection of 26 and Park then there was workers. Four people holding signs stop or slow signs and only two people working in the site. They should maybe up that number in the site to get the job done this year. "

couldn't agree with you more. Theres another thread about 13th st finally be repaved, and the compliments on the job.  
 
WOW.. what a freaking gong show. That road should've been done within one day, not DAYS! and the city dropped the ball on redoing the curbs.  
I shake my head at every single job. 9th st south of richmond is another gong show.

MY World

9/20/2018 9:57:12 AM
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Jul 2009
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Richmond Ave

  
Pawprints said "Only curious as to why the city decided to rip up the streets by school zones (26th Street/Richmond Ave) so late? It's a high traffic area with parents and busses dropping kids off. Not good planning.  
 
I'd like to add that as I was travelling north on 26th by Linden Lanes, people figured as soon as they got past the lights, they could speed up. BCP could really score some tickets if they put radar out in that area. "

The BCP could also score on Richmond. I was yelled at yesterday because I was driving down Richmond in the construction zone so I was doing the 30KM and the person behind me was yelling out their window telling me to drive faster. I know everyone is happy that the construction is finally coming to an end but it is still a construction zone.

PrimeConvoy

9/20/2018 3:42:20 PM
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Nov 2012
Total posts:235
No.

  
daisychain said "
  
Exhausted said "I don’t know if they do this. It would be great if one person oversaw all road planning and scheduling and took in consideration time factors, affects on businesses and home owners etc.  
 
Thus this person would be responsible to keep things moving and on schedule.  
 
Just a thought. "

or whomever is the head at Public Works? there has to be someone who over sees this. Our street was dug up 3 weeks ago and we are still waiting to be paved. "

City planners only regulate zoning, and similar things. This would be handled by the engineering department. And I do believe the city has a person or team that handles this sort of thing. And I do believe that if work isn't completed within a timeline, the contractor suffers heavy penalties.

FitNFab

9/21/2018 9:20:04 AM
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Aug 2017
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26th &; Park

did you ever think there were that many flaggers on the road because there are vehicles coming from multiple directions?  
I guarantee if there were less flaggers and then there was more confusion someone would complain about that!  
 
Also, you can't see from one end of the job site to another in one quick glance when going through. There is no way to know exactly how many people are working at the site at one time.  
Especially with the amount of trucks coming in and out of there with material. How many loaders, excavators and large equipment that is required for the work do you think can even fit in there and still get a decent job done?!?!  
 
If you don't have experience in this field and if you are not involved in this job or any other road work job then you don't have proper knowledge of the happenings on the site and putting these people down for their planning and workmanship is completely unwarranted and ignorant!

cooper

9/22/2018 10:21:56 AM
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May 2006
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LOL

  
FitNFab said "did you ever think there were that many flaggers on the road because there are vehicles coming from multiple directions?  
I guarantee if there were less flaggers and then there was more confusion someone would complain about that!  
 
Also, you can't see from one end of the job site to another in one quick glance when going through. There is no way to know exactly how many people are working at the site at one time.  
Especially with the amount of trucks coming in and out of there with material. How many loaders, excavators and large equipment that is required for the work do you think can even fit in there and still get a decent job done?!?!  
 
If you don't have experience in this field and if you are not involved in this job or any other road work job then you don't have proper knowledge of the happenings on the site and putting these people down for their planning and workmanship is completely unwarranted and ignorant! "

Thank you for the early morning laugh. I got no problem with 4 flag people. Maybe they need more people working on the job site. And yes I do have experience in the industry. Thanks again for the laugh.

myhandleistrain

9/22/2018 10:44:26 AM
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Mar 2016
Total posts:332
Square potholes

I'm more concerned over those deep square potholes around town. About 2' across. I think a company was installing fibre optics. Saw a kid wipe out on a bike last week hitting one of those and saw a car hit one this morning. It it didn't hurt the front end, I'd be surprised.

12jake

9/22/2018 1:03:07 PM
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May 2010
Total posts:40
9th Street Wow

I do not know what is happening on 9th street. Nothing all week until Friday and were done early afternoon. Peoples driveways have been torn up and not able to get in them for 3 weeks. Realize that workers are likely on other sites but all the machinery just sits there?? Just another example of starting a job tearing everything up and leaving it. I cannot remember things this bad in all the years I have lived in the city.

Getty

9/22/2018 1:17:05 PM
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Aug 2008
Total posts:1536
yup

  
cooper said "
  
FitNFab said "did you ever think there were that many flaggers on the road because there are vehicles coming from multiple directions?  
I guarantee if there were less flaggers and then there was more confusion someone would complain about that!  
 
Also, you can't see from one end of the job site to another in one quick glance when going through. There is no way to know exactly how many people are working at the site at one time.  
Especially with the amount of trucks coming in and out of there with material. How many loaders, excavators and large equipment that is required for the work do you think can even fit in there and still get a decent job done?!?!  
 
If you don't have experience in this field and if you are not involved in this job or any other road work job then you don't have proper knowledge of the happenings on the site and putting these people down for their planning and workmanship is completely unwarranted and ignorant! "

Thank you for the early morning laugh. I got no problem with 4 flag people. Maybe they need more people working on the job site. And yes I do have experience in the industry. Thanks again for the laugh. "

I am with you on this one Cooper. People just like to ASSUME that everyone is stupid and has no experience in the trade and then get called out on a public forum.

Dugr71

9/22/2018 2:59:31 PM
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Apr 2015
Total posts:228
I would like to know

When the first street bridge will be paved. Left exposed the bridges concrete deck is exposed to salt. Never good for concrete.PCL has packed up and gone home with so much to finish. Where is the side walk on the West side from Rosser to the bridge? Why are all the curbs on the meridian between Rosser and the bridge unfinished.What about the meridian between Princess and Rosser? Oh and I am fully aware it falls under the department of highways.

myhandleistrain

9/22/2018 5:15:51 PM
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Mar 2016
Total posts:332
Again, sorry...

As mentioned, my main concern was the "non" routine work on our roads that in my mind, have created a hazard. As far as repaving, road detours, yes, an inconvenience. We live in a country, province, that has a limited road repair time and my hats off to those crews! Drove down 13th today... very nice!!!

12jake

9/26/2018 11:20:20 AM
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May 2010
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Roadwork still not getting finished

Now with the weather change no one is working on 9th street, 26th street or Richmond. They are, however, now digging up Victoria Ave. Not sure how jobs are left with machinery sitting idle for many days at a time. Fear is that if the weather conditions do not improve will these areas never finish?

Donna666

9/26/2018 12:47:22 PM
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Dec 2010
Total posts:291
sorry

I know what you are saying Fitnfab but it is plain and simply taking too long! Who ever is at fault I don't know but it is not right!  
 
Edited by Donna666, 2018-09-26 12:49:24

Adam

10/1/2018 3:32:19 PM
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Mar 2005
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Richmond

Looks like they might be putting the last layer of pavement on Richmond right now. With any luck we’ll be back to two lanes each way if not tomorrow then the day after?

 
 
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