Dealing with Rail Yard Construction Activities
Since June 21, 2010, construction of the Cando/CN/Imperial Oil rail yard next to our home has started anywhere from 06:45 a.m., and ended as late as 8:00 p.m. Construction has generally occurred throughout the work week, unless heavy rains stop the work. Unfortunately, the subcontractor (Kichton Contracting Ltd.) has also worked on two Sundays so far and even on Canada Day, which we were obviously not impressed with. Our house and our neighbour’s house are only 163m and 68m from the rail yard property, respectively, so the construction noise is very loud day in and day out, even with all of our windows closed tightly. The dump trucks rumble by our driveways, vibrating the ground at our homes. We have counted a minimum of 12 different dump trucks traveling in a continuous procession by our driveways, hauling fill and other material. On July 7, 2010, up to one truck per minute over a 30-minute time period rumbled by our driveways. When the trucks travel in both directions on our road at the same time, there is barely enough room for them to pass each other. All of this heavy traffic activity has ruined our small country road (which was smooth black-topped before construction started) to the point where it is a clay mud bath when it rains and so dusty when it’s hot and dry that it is unsafe to travel the road from a visibility perspective.