A worker paving René Lévesque Boulevard in downtown Montreal didn’t let a car stop him from doing his job last Friday.
In a photo posted to Facebook by Simon Roberge, which has since been shared over 130 times, a brand new layer of asphalt covers the entire street, stopping only to circle around a white Kia before continuing on its way.
It left Montrealers scratching their heads, wondering why the car wasn’t towed so the job could be completed.
“They could have called a tow truck, they could have called the city,” said Karim Boulos, a city hall analyst.
“A tow truck would have been there in fifteen minutes, move the car and they would have done the job properly.”
Nevertheless, the Ville-Marie borough is defending the contractor’s work, insisting that the paving was part of a work blitz before the construction strike began.
Demix Construction, the company hired to pave the road, wrote in a statement last week: “given the circumstances, it was preferable to continue the work by bypassing the vehicle that was inserted in the closure at the last moment than to wait for the towing services.”
Official opposition party Projet Montréal wasted no time to turn the picture into a meme, writing, “You had one job.”
The busy boulevard was being paved ahead of the first-ever Montreal Formula E, which takes place July 29 and 30.