24 - HOUR CONSTRUCTION POLICY
  
ROBERT KIRWAN - WARD 5
 
24-HOUR CONSTRUCTION POLICY

 
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Every year we begin major construction projects
around the city that are disruptive to residents. Many have been asking why we don't require contractors to work 24 hours a day in order to cut the length of the projects in half.
 
There are a number of practical reasons why this would not be feasible in most cases.
 
First, in order to work round the clock, the contractor would need to have double the number of employees. And with a shortage of skilled labour in Canada, it would be difficult to find enough people with the necessary skills to work the second shift.
 
Secondly, if the contractor is required to work around the clock, so too will his sub-contractors and suppliers. That may prove difficult since those other companies need to hire employees as well. They would need twice the number of employees, and since the contract work would be temporary, we would see a lot of people being hired for short term only.
 
Also, in any construction job, there are inspections that must be done. Many of these inspections require daylight in order to be completed and therefore, the job would be on hold until the inspection is done. This would cause delays in the construction  and eventually would cost more.
 
Finally, there is the problem of noise control with trucks and equipment blaring all night long

So the bottom line is that if the only reason for moving to night construction is to reduce traffic congestion or to speed up the project, it is likely not going to have much of an impact, but it could significantly affect the contractor.
 
I think this is an idea that just will not work in most jurisdictions and really needs some consideration.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION FOR 2014


The city web site contains information on the road construction projects that are listed for this year. I thought our members would like to have a look. There are also daily updates on construction on the City of Greater Sudbury Facebook site. I found the information at the following links to be pretty interesting.

For a list of all of the road construction projects for 2014, go to the following link:

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http://www.greatersudbury.ca/living/roads/construction-2014/

For a pretty cool map of where all of the projects are located in the City of Greater Sudbury, go to the following link and enlarge the map:

http://www.greatersudbury.ca/sudburyen/assets/File/2014_07_02%202014_Road_Projects-3.pdf

For the City of Greater Sudbury Facebook site and daily announcements:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterSudbury

See Robert Kirwan's Web Site

  
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