Delays, detours and dead ends frustrating drivers

Paving crews on the Northeast Avalon are under pressure to get as much roadwork completed in the next couple of weeks, because the plant that makes asphalt will soon shut down for the winter season.

Residents, drivers frustrated with months of construction work

City councillor Jonathan Galgay said there are about nine capital works projects currently underway in St. John's. (CBC)

Paving crews on the Northeast Avalon are under pressure to get roadwork completed in the next couple of weeks because the plant that makes asphalt will soon shut down for the winter season.

For drivers, it has meant delays, detours and dead ends for months.

It has also meant constant frustration and headaches for those who live near the roadwork. 

Diane Morgan has been enduring the upheaval of road construction on Craigmillar Ave. for months. (CBC)

Craigmillar Ave. resident Diane Morgan says the street and her head have been taking a pounding for months.

"That pound-pound-pound is like a nail going through you, that for some reason, you almost feel it," said Morgan. 

Jonathan Galgay, chair of the St. John's public works committee, said there are about nine capital works projects currently underway, not including sidewalks.

Galgay said his phone has been ringing off the hook from drivers in St. John's who want answers on the construction delays. 

"There is a reason why there are certain delays, so we have to make sure we do things properly, so we don't have to go back and do things over," he said.

Jonathan Galgay is chair of the St. John's public works committee. (CBC)

In nearby Paradise, road tear-ups are everywhere.

Mayor Dan Bobbett said there is construction on both sides of town.

"The rush is on, because the asphalt plant closes mid-November and we are committed to getting it done," Bobbett said. 

Back in St. John's, Galgay added that as soon as the winter ends, roadwork will start up once again.

"We'll be putting pavement down to cover off for the winter so that it doesn't impede on the snow clearing operations. And then in the spring of the year we'll remove the pavement and get back at the work, and hopefully have it concluded in early spring," he said. 

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