EOL

“The long-awaited project, expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, involves the expansion of Kenaston Boulevard to six lanes, the expansion of the St. James Bridges to eight lanes and the acquisition of all or part of 136 properties, including 30 structures located on Kapyong Barracks”
 
See Winnipeg takes another step toward Kenaston widening with St. James Bridge replacement study – Manitoba
My, how time flies! It seems like only yesterday I was a boy growing up about a few miles east of this bridge. My main interest in it was that the family travelled over it to get to Assiniboine Park Zoo by car. The construction was one of the first I remember with steel-reinforced concrete beams trucked in to the site. The supports were cast in place.

Now, it’s at EOL (End of Life) but I’m still here dealing with other changes in me, technology and my environment. This project will involve expropriating properties that were developed around WWII. Houses and yards were small. I guess not so many want them any longer. Perhaps this is a better use. I’ve not been aware of the traffic problems, because I almost always avoid rush-hour over that bridge. I know it backs up for a mile or so… but I just sail right through on my own time or use a couple of other routes depending on where I’m going. IKEA and Cabela’s are that way and so are some rural relatives.

It’s interesting that the price-tag of this project is an order of magnitude larger than the original bridge. Inflation and scale, I guess. More stuff. More cost. I wonder if they will get the ramps right this time. Going from Portage East to the bridge was a nightmare. You have to merge with ~60km/h traffic, a buttress obscures the view and you have to have the neck of an owl to look back that far. Another ramp, on the north side of Portage, has a berm obscuring the view… Sigh. I hope they remember the pedestrians and cyclists too.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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9 Responses to EOL

  1. Grece says:

    How is investing work Robert?

    You set at a desk all day, and making call options. If investing is hard work, as you say, then how in the hell are you going to build your solar array?

  2. Grece wrote, “Why else would you cash in?”

    So I could enjoy my retirement without being a slave to the markets. Investing is work and I’ve had enough of work.

  3. Grece says:

    Not yet. I’ll wait until I cash in. Should be soon.

    So that means you are losing your shirt! Why else would you cash in?

  4. Grece wrote, “Post a listing on your gold stocks Robert, so as to acquiesce our suspicions on your BS.”

    Not yet. I’ll wait until I cash in. Should be soon.

  5. Grece says:

    Post a listing on your gold stocks Robert, so as to acquiesce our suspicions on your BS.

    I am willing to bet your portfolio is rather lacking.

  6. Grece wrote, “It’s unlikely they will risk another round of losses, but hey, its Robert we’re talking about.”

    Chuckle… What losses? I’m well up today. My equities have lots of gold in the ground and it can be profitably mined at today’s prices. With guys like Trump at the helm, gold has upside and leveraged gold is fantastic.

  7. Grece says:

    Well, it has been extremely difficult to make money investing in gold lately. As the metal is down more than 30% from its 2012 peak, down roughly 10% from its summer 2014 highs, and down by double-digits from last year’s peak.

    Long-term and medium-term investors who have been banking on gold have been burned. It’s unlikely they will risk another round of losses, but hey, its Robert we’re talking about.

    Its all good…CHUCKLE.

  8. Ivan says:

    He’s just upset that he isn’t cashing in.

  9. Grece says:

    Your whining again Robert.

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