Ah promises. You know I love em. But I’m always skeptical of construction completion dates when it comes to infrastructure projects. I don’t care which order of government is the lead on the project, it almost never comes in on time or on budget. And as a note, I should say my experience in private sector capital work is the same. On-time and on-budget sounds nice, but the phrase is the exclusive province of marketers and communications types.
But, like in this video where Samwise Gamgee nearly dies trying to prove some stupid point about keeping promises to wizards — ’cause they’ll fuck you up — another promise is being kept, albeit somewhat late, by the City of Edmonton.
I received notice from some key contacts — who shall not be named, lest I lose their confidence (actually it was Dave, Jeff and Mack) — that the Dawson Bridge will re-open in a scant two days, on Monday, December 20 at 5:00am.
I think that actually deserves its own line, don’t you?
The Dawson Bridge will re-open in a scant two days, on Monday, December 20 at 5:00am
See what I did there? Emphasis.
Now, our more dedicated readers will know that we’ve been covering the Dawson Bridge closure since the beginning of 2010. And things sort of dropped off more recently. That was totally deliberate, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. We stopped covering it because that section of road became unnoticeable to the residents of my neighbourhood. That bridge has been closed SO LONG, we stopped noticing.
But that all changes on Monday. Monday, Rowland Road will resemble something approaching a clusterfuck, as thousands of Edmontonians forget that hills are slippery.
AND WE WELCOME IT.
So thanks! To the City, its engineers, construction crews and everyone else who worked on this project. We know you planned to have it open at the beginning of the month, but the fact that Old Dawsy’s re-opening at all — and not, say, falling into the river — is a testament to your considered attention to detail and craftsmanship.
Cheers! To another 50 years of never renovating the Dawson Bridge!
— with love from the Unknown Studio