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UPDATE: City paid premium to expedite Lake Shore paving work

The work was originally scheduled to be finished in mid-July, but officials say that the contractor was able to speed up the project because of good weather and efforts by the city to put a rush on the construction.

The city paid a premium to expedite the Lake Shore paving work, according to officials. 

Crews completed the project about three weeks ahead of schedule and about a month after they got started. 

"We had worked with the contractor to expedite their schedule," says Steve Buckley, the city's general manager of transportation services. "They were flexible in terms of the hours they were willing to work."

Buckley says the city paid the contractor a premium to have crews working longer hours and on weekends. 

"It really wasn't significantly above cost," he says, but he didn't yet have the numbers available. 

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, chair of the public works committee, says he likes the idea of paying a premium on some projects. 

"Time is money and congestion costs a significant amount of money to motorists all across this city and if the price is reasonable and if we can incent construction companies to finish sooner, you can put me down for that," Minnan-Wong says. 

Buckley says the city is working on determining which future projects should also work on an expedited schedule. 

There is still some work to be done on Lake Shore Blvd.

The installation of loop detectors in the pavement will continue the next few weeks. But the city says this work will done with limited overnight lane closures, not affecting daytime traffic.

The loops will allow the city to automatically adjust traffic-signal timing depending on traffic on Lake Shore and the Gardiner.

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  1. ToddK_2 posted on 06/23/2014 01:47 PM
    This is probably just a proper pace projects should finish in this City.
  2. lisa posted on 06/23/2014 05:52 PM
    This is beyond belief. Why pay a premium? Just negotiate the times and dates in the contract. Toronto is so inept, it really shoud have a financial guardianship.
  3. dean posted on 06/23/2014 05:59 PM
    this is disgusting that the city has to pay a premium for these lazy union workers to finish the job when it should be done. they should fire the whole group of these slobs and hire foreign workers who will do the job for a quarter of the price.
  4. Union Logic posted on 06/23/2014 06:23 PM
    Want the job finished by the agreed-upon time? Well, OBVIOUSLY that's going to be an extra charge; what are you, retarded? Our boys are accustomed to taking ten cigarette breaks a day, plus working at half speed to maximize overtime, PLUS implementing the traditional policy of "One man working, five men watching." They aren't about to give that up without a hefty bonus in exchange.
  5. Fact Provider posted on 06/23/2014 07:55 PM
    Ha ha ha ... this is the gravy train that Rob Ford was going to end.

    Good luck with that - addled brain Ford.
    1. Deep Lake Of Gravy posted on 06/23/2014 08:19 PM
      @Fact Provider Rob Ford has been around for four years, and city council has been fighting him every step of the way the entire time. The union mindset of "I don't have to do my job properly, because I can never be fired" has been entrenched in the minds of city workers for decades. It's going to take a little longer to change that, and it's going to be a fight at the provincial and likely also federal levels to get rid of the scum who perpetuate it.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 06/24/2014 10:30 AM
      @Deep Lake Of Gravy Well said...
      And technically, Ford was around for approx. 3 years, before having to share his space with Norm Kelly.

      So, as to mr. FACT PROVIDER, gleefully happy that this looks like a Ford failure, isn't this a failure for Norm Kelly? Are we lumping city council in as well, as they collectively have more power than the mayor?

      Oh, I forgot. Rob Ford is the root of all evil. That's where Fact Provider is coming from.
  6. Mark posted on 06/23/2014 10:05 PM
    Now - if they can only expedite the Gardiner but that's a whhhhoooolllleee different story isn't it.
  7. Bob posted on 06/23/2014 10:08 PM
    Umm..do you folks read? A month ahead of schedule and 'wasn't significantly above costs.' I know that it doesn't fit with your narrative, but please at least READ the story.
    1. Bob posted on 06/23/2014 10:13 PM
      @Bob PS - work performed by competitively bid PRIVATE contractors...those cigarette-smoking, gravy-train bastards!
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