Polite people clean up their mess when they’re finished, but construction contractors that work for the city aren’t always in that category.
Construction is messy, particularly in a populous city like ours, where roads, sidewalks and even people’s lawns are often dug up as part of jobs that keep things going in the right direction.
It is incumbent upon construction contractors to remove junk that inevitably piles up around work sites. If they don’t, the job is not really finished.
But too often, contractors leave stuff behind, as I recently wrote about; a sign that was about two years out of date was left standing, advising drivers to avoid a street that is no longer a construction site.
It disappeared soon after I contacted the city, but it should have been picked up as soon as the job was done.
I was reminded of slipshod finishing touches when I checked out an email about Spinney Court, a tiny roundabout street near Don Mills and York Mills roads, where water main work recently wrapped up.
An area resident sent me photos and a note saying they’d emailed the contractor about picking up fencing, pylons, sheets of plywood and other stuff left on an island on the middle of the roundabout.
The stuff on the island had disappeared, except for a few planks and pieces of pipe, when I was there Monday. But a large, windblown traffic barrel was rolling around the street, while squashed pylons and trampled fencing surrounded other excavations that looked like they’d been there for months.
One of the holes, at the corner of Spinney and Laurentide Drive, had a wooden cross sunk into it — like a religious monument — with a handwritten plea to the contractor scrawled on it: “Attention, Attention … Dear (contractor) friends, Please remove dirt by shovel this time here and not by excavator to keep sprinkler head safe. Previously twice damaged. Thanks.”
The kindly sign writer did not assume the workers were equipped to do the digging by hand, adding: “Shovel available at the left side of the house.”
STATUS: Magda Stec, a city spokesperson, emailed to say Toronto Water “removed the unnecessary construction related items from the site last Friday. Some items (traffic protection, pylons) remain as they are required for ongoing restoration work. The work at the site is planned to be finished over the next two weeks and the contractor will ensure the entire work area is cleared of all construction equipment at that time.”
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