Construction fences are a mixed blessing. They are harbingers of something new, and hopefully improved. And they are less welcome when they block off public paths and spaces.
Earlier this month the large parking lot on the north side of Albert just west of Bronson was fenced off. The parking lot isn’t much loss, but with it went Brickhill Street and a segment of Old Wellington, where the tour buses used to park. This will be a staging site for constructing the LRT tunnel under the downtown. So we are in for years of entertainment, err, mess and noise. Depending on your view.
Earlier this week, crews began installing fencing just north of the Bayview Station. The former snow dump site off Bayview Road, known as Bayview Yards, and site of the former spay neuter clinic, will be a major staging site for the LRT construction project. This will include extending the Otrain track northwards … no, not to Gatineau, just a few metres north to better align with the future Bayview LRT station to be constructed above.
I found myself wondering at the care to keep the fence off the rails, but then I thought the rails are conductive, so maybe its to electrically isolate the fence from the rails, in case of lightning. Can you think of a better reason?