A straightforward infrastructure project in Regina remains unfinished after nearly four years leading to frustration for people who have to contend with traffic restrictions along Pasqua Street.
'If I had a job that I couldn't get right in four years I think I'd be fired.' - Regina motorist
The project, to install some pipes for water service north of Rochdale Boulevard, started in late 2011 but hit a snag when excavation work uncovered some contaminated soil. According to the city, the contamination is associated with an oil pipeline owned by Enbridge and that company is covering the cost of properly dealing with the soil.
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The city also announced, on Monday, that another issue will affect traffic: water leaks from city infrastructure which need to be repaired.
That job will take six weeks, the city said.
It is all getting to be too much, for some.
"Well it sucks," one motorist told CBC News Tuesday. "It sucks man."
That sentiment was echoed by others who said they were "disgusted".
"If I had a job that I couldn't get right in four years I think I'd be fired," another driver said.
Shop owner worried
While the city said Monday that access to businesses in the area would be available, some shop owners worry the disruption will lead to a loss of customers.
"As soon as people see [the construction work] they avoid the area," Karen Lagendre, one business owner in the area, said Tuesday.
Camille Tran, a former business owner, said she sold her coffee shop because the traffic disruptions were too much. People just could not get to her shop.
"I wouldn't have sold if the construction wasn't there," Tran told CBC News. "I loved this place. This was my life."
City officials said if everything goes smoothly, they should be able to put the finishing touches on the project this summer.
"We certainly apologize for the delays and the frustration that people are experiencing and we are looking to get this done as quickly as possible and to minimize it as much as possible," the city's Pat Wilson said.
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