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Letter: Culvert repairs from city workers leaves resident less than impressed

Letter: Culvert repairs from city workers leaves resident less than impressed
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Local municipal apathy is rampant.

I complained repeatedly about road work being done on Sunnyside Road near the junction of Jarvis Road. Not only did it take forever to start and then complete the repairs, but the two repairs were done at the same time. One culvert repair was done by an outside contractor, the other by our own municipal workers.

Three weeks after the repairs, the contractor-repaired section is pristine and looks as good as the day it was completed. 

The municipally repaired section is literally washing away. 

The shoulders on both these repairs are not even comparable. One professional, the other a disaster requiring substantial rework. 

The shoulder of the municipal work was not even graded to prevent the washout. Proper shoulder maintenance is essential to maintain road conditions. Shoulders are used to gently move rain water from the road to ditches. If they are not properly graded, then the water migrates under the paved roadway and contributes to the pavement degradation. Thus, pot holes.

Why do we, as taxpayers, have to put up with this substandard work? We have become so complacent that we are accepting this level of work. The workers seem not to have any pride in what they do and their high-priced supervisors don’t accept any responsibility for the poor quality.

Ray Carr
Sudbury




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