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Damaged property: Montreal West residents waiting for repairs

Watch above: A quiet, residential street in Montreal West is undergoing a massive reconstruction job. Tim Sargeant talks to residents on on Brynmor Avenue who are hoping their lawns will be put to rights soon. Tim Sargeant reports.

MONTREAL WEST — Lynda Dickson is anxious to take advantage of the beautiful weather and start gardening.

But her efforts are being hampered due to driveway bricks piled up next to her flower garden and a property that’s eroding away.

“I’m anxious to get to my flower garden,” she told Global News.

“But I can’t even get there because there are bricks piled up in front of it.” 

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The city hired contractors last summer to replace ageing water pipes and rebuild Brynmor Avenue, but in doing so, the front yards and many driveways of more than a dozen homes have been destroyed.

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Now the home owners are desperately waiting for their properties to be repaired.

Brynmor Ave home in Montreal West with lawn destroyed by contractors due to road work last year.
Brynmor Ave home in Montreal West with lawn destroyed by contractors due to road work last year. Tim Sargeant/Global News
Brynmor Ave home in Montreal West with lawn destroyed by contractors due to road work last year.
Brynmor Ave home in Montreal West with lawn destroyed by contractors due to road work last year. Tim Sargeant/Global News
Brynmor Ave home in Montreal West with lawn destroyed by contractors due to road work last year.
Brynmor Ave home in Montreal West with lawn destroyed by contractors due to road work last year. Tim Sargeant/Global News
Brynmor Ave home in Montreal West with lawn destroyed by contractors due to road work last year.
Brynmor Ave home in Montreal West with lawn destroyed by contractors due to road work last year. Tim Sargeant/Global News

“We expected it would be done and finished within a month or so, and here we are eight months later — but it’s still pending,” Dickson said.

The road work started last summer and was supposed to be finished by September. Crews were working through to December, when they abruptly quit with the job unfinished.

Home owners have been waiting for them to return, but so far there is no sign of the workers.

“It took much longer than expected.”

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“It’s something we’ve taken up with the contractor now as well,” Montreal West mayor, Beny Masella, told Gobal News.

The mayor said the Montreal’s thaw period precludes the city from allowing heavy trucks to drive on roads until the end of May.

“A truck fully loaded with earth can’t come in until after the thaw period,” Masella said.

“They might be able to start some work before then.”

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The contractor is expected to lay down a second layer of asphalt, as well as fix the home owners’ properties.

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City officials plan to send letters to residents this week, explaining the delays, sharing when home owners can expect work to resume and outlining a timetable for the repairs.