Unlike driving, construction work does not slow down in snowy conditions and compared to rain, crews actually prefer snow. In the rain, everything gets wet and there's no way to control where the water goes but during a snow event, crews can easily push aside the snow and resume work.
The picture above shows a Bobcat removing snow from the work site.
When snowing lightly, the contractor can still pour concrete; however, the crew has to place heat blankets on top to help the concrete harden. You may have already seen these orange blankets on the ground a few weeks ago.
The picture above shows an example of the heat blankets being used earlier this season.
Snow isn't a big deal when it comes to brick laying either, since the snow can be shoveled aside and does not saturate the sand immediately like rain does.
The picture above shows brick work underway after London's first snowfall of the year.
For the most part, our crew bundles up and it's business as usual.
The picture above shows the crew continuing watermain work in the snow.
Winterizing the Site
While we take extra precautions in the construction zone before and after snowfall, we're also here to help the people passing through. As the snow came down Thursday, crews were out salting the pedestrian pathways to keep them a little less slippery during the storm.
The picture above shows a member of our crew salting the sidewalk in front of Starbucks.
One of the final steps when it comes to brick installation is cutting concrete at some of the doorway of businesses. Please accept our apologies for the dust we generated this week. The contractor is currently exploring different techniques to help cut down the dust as much as possible. For example, some contractors use water to keep the dust down, but that's not an option for us because of the special polymer sand we use to grout between the bricks is water sensitive and has to be placed dry.
Fanshawe College is Ready to Walk!
Our neighbours at Fanshawe College are at it again! Next week, they'll be launching a "Exam Cram Walking Tour" for students to explore Dundas Place. Come out and say hi from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. this Wednesday!
Below is a summary of Dundas Place construction for the week of November 12 and next steps for the week ahead.
Fill tree planters with top soil between Ridout/Talbot
Brick work at north sidewalk between Talbot/Richmond
Trench drain installation east of mid-block crossing
Hydro work at Richmond intersection
Work Anticipated Next Week:
Continue filling planters with top soil
Installation of garbage bins and bike racks
Concrete work up to Richmond
Brick work at road way from Talbot to Richmond
Temporary street light pole removal