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Please use caution when travelling on designated provincial highways within the Municipality of North Cowichan as Mainroad South Island Contracting Ltd. crews will be cleaning all bridges in the South Island contract area beginning in March and ending April 30, 2017.
Q:Why are major roadwork projects done in the spring and summer?
A:The drier weather makes the work faster and less expensive. Taxpayers get good
value for their dollar and the neighbourhoods are impacted for less time than if
we did the work in the winter months. Traffic volumes are generally lower in the
summer months and therefore roadwork impacts fewer drivers.
Q:Why not do the work at night?
A:Working at night would have less impact on traffic, however, the noise from the
equipment would be too disruptive to residents.
Q:Why does it take so long?
A:Paving can be done quite quickly, taking only a few days to cover several block.
However, in order to avoid paving the street and then having to tear up the asphalt
to make another infrastructure repair, the Municipality coordinates major roadwork
projects so that any repairs to sewer, water or utilities are made prior to paving.
Underneath the road surface are sewer, water, and gas pipes; electrical power, cable,
and telephone line conduits also occupy the space under the road. The area in which
crews have to work is very small and crowded with all of these utilities. This crowded
work space as well as the hazards of working underground make the work difficult.
Q:What times can crews work?
A:Construction on a street is permitted between the following hours:
7:00am to 8:00pm - Monday through Friday
There are times when work is done outside these hours. In special cases, where if
the work was done during regular hours, public safety could be compromised, or when
it is deemed that to do the work overnight would be less disruptive than to work
during regular hours, an exemption from these hours is granted by Council.
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