How expensive is it to replace Montreal's orange cones?

It's quite expensive to replace those ubiquitous orange cones on the city's streets.

Some of the cones will get damaged, or succumb to wear and tear, while others will be lost, vandalized or stolen.

For 2014, it's expected it will cost close to $125,000 to replace them.

"There is wear ad tear for the cones used throughout the city," says executive committee member and Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough mayor Jim Beis. "There are some that are possibly stolen from the different job sites...there are some that are damaged — and for that reason, we have to ensure that we have enough cones in place for security purposes, in order to delineate the work sites when our crews are on the roads."

Beis adds they've taken a few steps to cut costs.

"What we've done in terms of the wear and tear, is we've changed, slightly, the technical requirements for these cones to make them quite a bit more durable," he says. "What we've also done is we've enlarged the city logo on these cones so that anyone who has any ideas of taking them and using them for whatever reason would think twice, simply because they'd be clearly identified as city property."

The city agreed to buy 7500 of the cones last year, and are looking to buy another 6500 of them in the coming months.

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  1. Paul posted on 06/07/2014 07:42 AM
    Why did it take until the year 2014 for the city to learn that owning the cones saves money? Even the basics are complex for this city.
  2. Johnny the Guy posted on 06/07/2014 11:36 AM
    I guess when your city is under construction for 25yrs the cones will get worn out. Montreal should try to market itself as the place where cone manufacturers should send there proto-types here for extended testing. Just like Airbus sending their planes to Nunavut for cold weather testing.
  3. ssm posted on 07/08/2014 11:30 AM
    Might as well have traffic cone designed permanently into the infrastructure. They might last longer. Autoroute 15 could easily use permanent construction signs and cones at least as far as Ste Therese . It's permanently under construction and dangerous.
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