Roadwork near Concordia prompts complaints and questions
Good news for people who travel around Concordia University downtown : that stretch of de Maisonneuve that's been closed for several weeks is reopening today.
But it's raised questions about how the city manages its roadwork.
This Concordia student is among those wondering why the work on de Maisonneuve seems to be repeating itself: the area around Bishop, Guy and Mackay was excavated and repaved at least three times in the past year.
"I would hope it could be done all at once," he said. "It's pretty annoying you can't get on this street anymore, this street, you can't park on it anymore, it's causing a whole bunch of congestion."
City spokesman Jacques-Alain Lavallée said it all began in 2010 with the Concordia tunnel work, then Gaz Met work, and then the latest revamp job was plagued with weather and delivery delays.
"Underground work has to be done in order, otherwise it's going to be a restart everytime and that's not what we want to do," Lavallée told CJAD News.
The manager of a print and copy centre nearby said he's lost 25% in business due to the roadwork and closure.
"When I lived in Vancouver, I would watch entire long stretches of busy street get done in what seemed like a month versus (this)..." he said.
"So I guess it ties in perfectly with the construction problems that we're having in the city."
Photos: Shuyee Lee