Mike Sullivan’s office forwarded me some emails he had sent to the senior executives of GO Transit and Metrolinx.
Your humble correspondent hadn’t noticed, but King Street has been closed for a really long time—and it is now slated to be closed for a year longer than had been anticipated, according to Sullivan. He says,
Today I received notification from Metrolinx that the closure of King Street will continue until an amorphous ‘Fall’ of 2013. One full year longer than promised, and 18 months since it was closed. The reason for the closure was to permit a huge tunnel boring machine to be used to dig a sewer. The machine has only just arrived, 10 months after the road was closed. I understand the delays were due to poor location of utilities, and poor or unlucky watermain replacement…. This is completely unacceptable, but it is typical of the shoddy treatment we have received from those responsible, as firm committments are not worth the paper they are printed on.
In another letter, he says:
What is of grave concern to me, and should be to Metrolinx, is the effect this extended closure is having on local businesses, in particular those just north of King Street. One has recently closed its doors. Another advises they are perilously close to failing.
Sullivan asks, rhetorically, I presume, whether Metrolinx will providing financial assistance to the failing businesses.
Your correspondent has noticed that it is nearly impossible to get to the library—am I mistaken, or does the entrance routinely get blocked off in a new way? I scaled two fences last week before giving up. Have you, gentle reader, been visiting our village less as a result of the disruption?