Construction along McTavish Street has been delayed by a month, and is now set to conclude by the end of November, according to a press release from the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) Communications and IT Director Ryan Hughes. The release cites multiple technical and logistical reasons for the delay.
“These delays announced by the city are, in part, explained by the following: Late start of the project, technical difficulties encountered during the construction [… more] bedrock excavation than anticipated, [and] imposed work stoppage due to permit conflict,” the release reads.
The construction, which had been delayed to begin after Springconvocation, was originally set to be complete by the end of October.
“The site should be paved and some fencing should be removed by mid-November,” the release now notes.
Students expressed disappointment at the delay, noting that it would prolong the challenges they face in getting to class and navigating campus.
“I don’t like the fact that construction has been delayed, because as a pedestrian, it’s just hard to walk through,” Tiffany Okotako, U1 Science, said. “It’s difficult to get to classes, it’s difficult to get to the library; it’s a valley of construction. It’s also really difficult to walk along Doctor Penfield, because the cars need to go through, I need to get through, but I need to not get hit—the crossing guards are not always there.”