The Lane

Winnipeg is a fair sized city – there are certainly some that are much larger and some that are much smaller.  Most of the lanes in Winnipeg are paved – but in my area, most of them are not paved.  Here, they are gravel, and the city is supposed to grade them to keep the potholes in check.

With cut backs, it seems that they have decided not to look after the lanes unless they get a lot of complaints.  They got a lot of complaints the spring, so they finally graded the lane behind my house and most of the ones in this area a couple of days ago.  They had told one of the callers that it wasn’t on their list this year.

Grading is only a temporary measure and after a rain or two, with all the traffic that goes down, it needs work again.  Also grading just makes things very dusty when it is dry.

I have been in this house for many years and I remember that a petition was presented to have the lane paved about 25 years ago.  Because the residents have to pay for paving, it was defeated.  It is expensive but you have the choice of paying for it all at once or making payments with your taxes for the following 20 years.  Instead of paving that year, the lane was oiled at a much lower cost to the residents and the lane was good for a few years.

Now, the city is starting to push a bit to encourage all the neighbourhoods to have their lanes paved.  This will reduce city costs, since they will no longer be required to grade the lanes, but they don’t feel they should carry any of the cost for the paving.  They will put the sewers in though.

Instead of going street by street, we are now going to approach the city as an entire area to see if we can get the city to either commit to regular grading and maintenance or to take on a much larger portion of the cost of paving.  A typical street would have between 16 – 24 residents living on it, whereas as an area, we have over 600 residents, who would then have a louder voice and possibly more hope of achieving something.

I happen to have before and after pictures of the lane to show you.  🙂

Before Grading - June 16
Before Grading – June 16
Before Grading - June 16
Before Grading – June 16
After  Grading and First  Rain - June 21
After Grading and First Rain – June 21
After  Grading and First  Rain - June 21
After Grading and First Rain – June 21

Good to see that we still have lots of puddles so the mosquitoes can keep breeding.

I’m off to run some errands before it gets too hot.  See you at Africam later.   Every day Africam now puts up a 24 Wild video, which shows some of the sightings of the day at the waterholes.  You can see the latest one here.