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City councillor Ted Laking

Laking raises paving work delays

City councillor Ted Laking has called attention to the problems caused by the work on Two Mile Hill during the summer.

By Whitehorse Star on November 29, 2022

City councillor Ted Laking has called attention to the problems caused by the work on Two Mile Hill during the summer.

The prolonged paving project became “a large irritant for many Whitehorse commuters,” as work took longer than originally planned, Laking pointed out last week.

As construction work was in progress, motorists had to reduce their speed on Two Mile Hill “as smaller vehicles and those with trailers found the road quite rough on their vehicles,” he said.

During council’s Nov. 21 standing committee on operations, Laking raised the issue and asked what work could be done to mitigate similar delays in the future.

In response, city officials confirmed that a contributing factor to the delays were labour and material supply challenges.

However, it was also confirmed that staff are looking at how contracts are designed in order to encourage timelier completion of projects next summer.

“I would like to discuss the item of the pavement work that was done on Two Mile Hill this summer,” Laking said.

“The issue being that there was a gap in time from when the work started to when the work was completed. One of the funnier references I heard is that we turned the road into corduroy.

“So I am wondering if we could get an update from administration on what the issue was related to that work that caused the gap from when work was started to when work was completed,” Laking said.

“Also, what work is being done moving forward for next year to mitigate those types of concerns on future pavement jobs in the city?”

The Two Mile Hill project also caused lengthy northbound traffic jams along Second Avenue and Quartz Road as afternoon commuters used Mountainview Drive as an option to Two Mile Hill to get home.

Comments (18)

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Irving on Dec 5, 2022 at 6:15 pm

Hey, does anyone have a spare 'Yukon Party' pamphlet recent mail-out? I went to open mine and the mold with decay rendered the document useless so I didn't get a chance to digest the text.

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One Paving Company on Dec 2, 2022 at 10:55 pm

There is only one paving company in town folks. I think they are hard pressed to all the work necessary.

Small item, but an item nonetheless, who pray tell is serving homeowners when paving is necessary?

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CJ2 on Dec 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm

@Mark, I found a similar problem on the Alaska Highway work near the weigh scales...which also went on and on. Day after day I'd hit the same two rough transitions, where a few scoops of gravel would have helped a lot. (And why so long to put the asphalt or whatever the finish was, on a few patches here and there?) I really wondered about some of the smaller cars out there. Something Ted Laking pointed out last winter that I thought was an interesting point, that smaller cars would have difficulty with the abundance of poorly cleared intersections.

Already some of those main roads are basically a couple of inches buildup of ice and snow. Every day, I'm reminded that governments up here like building things, but not taking care of them so much. And now even building them is problematic.

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Nathan Living on Nov 30, 2022 at 10:11 pm

Instead of grandstanding please bring motions before council and get city employees to address well thought out questions and concerns.

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Lost In the Yukon on Nov 30, 2022 at 2:37 pm

Dearest Stahat … really, how ignorant are you to how government works in regards to the role of politicians and the bureaucracy. Ted was elected along with others to set the direction and priorities for the City. The paid civil servants are paid to operationalize those priorities, report back to Council as to progress, identify issues and options. During a project through reports provide oversite and after it is complete debrief, etc. They tasks the civil servants with solving the problems they identify.

So … stop ragging on Ted for asking questions. That’s his job. He is there representing you, asking questions on behalf of you.
So, if you don’t like his politics, or the color of his tie be honest about rather than running up false flags as a way to attack him.

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Longtime Conservative on Nov 30, 2022 at 1:41 pm

I’m a longtime conservative, not a liberal whiner.

Can’t stand Laking and his approach. Too greasy, and too Ottawa for my liking. It’s likely when he was working for the Harper conservatives that he learned his craft.
I’m pretty sure it’s because of his cute gamesmanship that his buddies built, then lost, their pot shop, and the City is now out of gravel with no new sites identified.

He’ll likely be the Yukon’s MP before we know it, which may be a good thing if we get him out of Yukon and the destructive role he’s playing right now alongside his buddy Curry.
Whoever thought he was a good fit for association of Yukon communities should be recalled.

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Groucho d'North on Nov 30, 2022 at 8:51 am

The problem with poor project management is you don't know how bad things are until the project is well underway or concluded.

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Stahp! on Nov 30, 2022 at 7:47 am

When will this guy realize HE IS PART OF THE PROBLEM?

Ted: You're on council, we pay you to fix issues, not complain about them, that's our job.
Also, stop using your position of City Councillor and Yukon Communities Association chair to wage a proxy war on the Territorial government.

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John - with a J on Nov 30, 2022 at 7:20 am

The only municipal employee that council actually has is the CAO. Why was this not discussed with the CAO?
The CAO then brings the matter before the appropriate divisional head and gets it resolved. The problem with most politicians is that they don’t have a clue about process and instead look for the nearest soapbox to climb up on so they can get a cheap headline. The clueless media (also ignorant of how things are supposed to operate) then report on it and unnecessarily upset people over a non-item that wasn’t newsworthy in the first place.

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KP on Nov 30, 2022 at 6:17 am

Teddy asks question. People get mad. I laugh.

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Yukoner on Nov 30, 2022 at 6:11 am

In all his roles Ted seems to make a lot of statements and whine a lot but never actually makes things happen; guess he's perfect for Yukon politics.

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Wally on Nov 29, 2022 at 7:52 pm

Problem is YG and City need to communicate with each other to weigh out the work load.
Fact is Whitehorse Airport run way set all jobs back until that was completed, all jobs were barely finished including phase 6 wb that YG was counting on unfortunately Minister Mostyn terminated the contract due to paving incomplete. Oddly this was the only contract late or not finished terminated.
We question what extra cost home owners will now be burdened with????

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Jim on Nov 29, 2022 at 6:00 pm

@politico, so now you want councillors that are road engineers or contract specialists? Or you would sooner have them just sit quietly in the corner and raise their hands when administration tells them? The 2 mile hill was a long drawn out mess. As far as bashing city workers, we are talking about city managers, engineers, etc. They are paid a lot of money to know what they are doing. But looking at their performance, most couldn’t drive a sharp stick up a dead dog’s….., well you know the rest. I am more than happy to have them questioned by councillors. Councillors are voted in to represent the citizens of Whitehorse. Not to coddle the city management.

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JC on Nov 29, 2022 at 4:28 pm

Wow, such a timely basket of complaints from a guy who could have made inquiries as to the delays, and then bring up any area that the city had control over but came up short, for review.

But no. Instead we get more whining. Your political future is secure, Mr Laking, since your primary skillset seems to be making a lot of noise and offering little value

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Mark on Nov 29, 2022 at 4:27 pm

Related to the traffic delays was the fact that the work crews did not install proper (long enough) on and off ramps where the pavement surface changed. This mistake significantly slowed or stopped traffic flow causing delays and increased the risk of collisions. Some common sense was sorely needed by the construction crew (or oversight by the CoW).

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WTF on Nov 29, 2022 at 3:08 pm

Did this guy not get the memo that the city is supposed to only worry about bike lanes?

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Politico on Nov 29, 2022 at 2:44 pm

As usual the councillor complaining about stuff but offering few ideas of his own but leaving it to others to solve his perceived problems! Does anyone remember the complaints the last time work was done on the hill? Maybe Laking should take charge of all these projects and show everyone how he would do it. He should also quit bashing city workers!

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Resident on Nov 29, 2022 at 1:23 pm

When it comes to road construction, Two Mile Hill was ahead of schedule. Many places regularly count delays in years.

Sure, keep an eye on it and make sure long delays don't become the norm but it's a little early to change the territorial flower to a traffic cone.

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