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ION - Waterloo Region's Light Rail Transit
(11-30-2015, 09:24 PM)Canard Wrote: I'm amazed everyone got Glasgow. I really thought nobody knew about that one. It has crazy history.

If you are familiar with the rise and decline of the British empire, Glasgow is a natural choice.

I thought that for the size of the city depicted, the only subway that was embarrassingly small was.... Toronto with Chicago not too far behind.
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There's "utility work"  for Ion being done on Caroline from FDB to Alexandra between today and Saturday, requiring Lane closures. What utility work would be needed? It's probably too early to start stringing the catpoles yet, isn't it?

Another thought: Charles / Francis reopens on Friday, and Charles / Cedar reopens tomorrow. Apart from Queen, that leaves pretty much a straight shot from Madison to Victoria, ready for curbs and to be paved! The section from Madison to Stirling will follow not too long after. It's possible we could see Charles (with the exception of Queen) reopen fully before Christmas!
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When are Queen/Charles and Queen/Duke expected to re-open?  Can that kind of work continue through the winter?
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(11-30-2015, 11:43 PM)panamaniac Wrote: When are Queen/Charles and Queen/Duke expected to re-open?  Can that kind of work continue through the winter?

I heard that Queen/Duke is supposed to be 7 weeks, but likely will take longer.
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Queen and Duke is *scheduled* to reopen right before Christmas. Queen and Charles should reopen mid-January.
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They have rails lined up on King south of Union. Do they have concrete curbs through that section? I would think they would wait to place the rails until the correct curbs are in place, but I don't really know these things.
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They did, the curbs this past weekend, if I remember correctly! About to take a drive through there anyhow, I'll check it out.
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Are you talking about the rails in front of Grand River Hospital? If so, those have been there for a few months.
For daily ion construction updates, photos and general urban rail news, follow me on twitter! @Canardiain
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Yeah, it's hard to keep track of everything. I guess it could be a while longer.
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(12-01-2015, 05:36 PM)GtwoK Wrote: They did, the curbs this past weekend, if I remember correctly! About to take a drive through there anyhow, I'll check it out.

I saw them pouring the curbs using a concrete forming machine on Monday I think. It takes about a single day when done this way.
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Alright, update:

NB curbs on King are all the way from Louisa to Union. From KCI, to the GRH entrance, Northbound traffic is still in the Ion ROW. From the GRH entrance to Union, Northbound traffic is in the automobile ROW. At some point they're going to have to shut down two way traffic in order to pave, which is going to be a challenge in front of the hospital.

Stakes / wires are in for curbs from Water to Ontario, finally. These should be poured tomorrow I would assume.

Curbs are fully in between Benton and Eby. Southbound road here has been paved.

Stakes / wires are in for curbs from Eby to Cedar. These should be paved tomorrow.

Southbound curbs are in from Cedar to the Madison ramp. Nothing Northbound yet.

Catpoles were going in in front of Cameron Heights today.

The giant pit at Borden was finally filled in today.

Some unpaved portions of Borden have had more dirt laid and flattened, in preparation for the final road. Other parts are still a muddy cess pit :p.

Thats what I saw today! No pics, because it was raining out.
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I dropped by GRH yesterday coming from the north and they were running one way traffic with signal people between Union and the hospital.
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I heard on the news today that gas pipe relocation will cost the city of Kitchener triple. Was not the relocation of gas pipes done last year prior or was suppose to be moved early to speed up the project? Thank you.
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(12-01-2015, 09:26 PM)Square Wrote: I heard on the news today that gas pipe relocation will cost the city of Kitchener triple.   Was not the relocation of gas pipes done last year prior or was suppose to be moved early to speed up the project?   Thank you.

It appears most of it is just due to the things that were discovered once they actually dug holes.
http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6142...locations/

Quote: Several factors have led to the cost overruns, said Wally Malcolm, director of Kitchener Utilities.

First, the LRT is a design-build project, which means that design work is going on at the same time as construction. Unexpected changes in the field lead to last-minute changes to design, which adds to costs.

Second, the ground beneath the future rail line is crowded with all kinds of infrastructure, especially in the downtown. Whenever workers dig beneath the existing roads, workers encounter everything from old rail ties to disused hydro bunkers, as well as water, sewer, gas, electric and other utilities, all of which adds to the cost of the work.
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(12-01-2015, 09:26 PM)Square Wrote: I heard on the news today that gas pipe relocation will cost the city of Kitchener triple.   Was not the relocation of gas pipes done last year prior or was suppose to be moved early to speed up the project?   Thank you.

Some utilities were moved early before Grandlinq started on the work, but most are being moved as part of the big street reconstructions that Grandlinq is doing. Kitchener Utilities deals with water, sewer, and stormwater pipes as well as gas pipes.
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