A Repeat Fiasco

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Another bridge is being replaced on Bryson Road in Thorne. A year ago, a bridge over the creek flowing into Miller’s Lake was replaced. Last year, four homes lost their water when MTQ had that bridge replaced. The homeowners then needed deep-drilled wells plus Culligan water systems. Every time I turn on a tap, I cross my fingers that we still have water!

Another bridge is being replaced on Bryson Road in Thorne. A year ago, a bridge over the creek flowing into Miller’s Lake was replaced. Last year, four homes lost their water when MTQ had that bridge replaced. The homeowners then needed deep-drilled wells plus Culligan water systems. Every time I turn on a tap, I cross my fingers that we still have water!
The newest project began October 15, right on time, claiming the work would be done in 4 weeks. Three weeks into the project, the experts can’t stop the water that keeps flooding the creek bed, which is now supposed to be dry. But they can stop the water, which feeds at least three wells. So, they bring bottled water for the households to drink, and into one of the wells that is now dry, the geniuses pump creek water! Yummy beaver soup!
Large, noisy pumps have been running 24/7 for almost a month, drying up some of the area. But early one morning, the formerly dried area had lots of water, again. In another area, two pumps have failed miserably in drying up a puddle the size of a kid’s wading pool.   
October 25 and 26, a big overtime push was underway to finish the project on time, but it seemed that only the pumps continued to work. The crew was supposed to start work again on November 4, but by 8:30 a.m, only one pickup truck had arrived. Two hours later, one more. At noon, four lonely souls were wandering around. Maybe they are looking for beavers with good résumés!
The contractor, Edelweiss Construction from Wakefield, has now been granted a one month extension because, according to an engineer, MTQ failed to tell the Engineering Firm, Genivar from Gatineau, that there was ‘water all around.’
Another attack at stopping the water is underway. Huge metal pylons were driven into the creek bed and metal plates were  fitted into slots in the pylons, which makes a big metal box. Each time the bucket of the steam shovel strikes the metal to drive it into the ground, our house shakes.
Last year we put up with a long detour because of contractor errors. This year, the detour leads us up the Greermount hill on a 27 minute trip to Ladysmith. The trip       normally takes 5 minutes.
And this is where our tax dollars go. I’d love to know the total replacement cost. The old bridge was fine – so much so that the humungeous steam shovel was able to cross the bridge from one side to the other many times.
A writer of fiction could not possibly weave a tale to compare.

Joyce McCleary Binder
THORNE