Madison opisuje swoje odczucia odnośnie prac przy tworzeniu ronda, które dzieją się tuż za oknem jej klasy. Pierwszy raz spotyka się z takim widokiem,ale nie mowa tutaj o samej sytuacji ,a robotnikach. W tym przypadku mowa o “ochronie”. O braku specjalnych odblaskowych kamizelek, butów ochronnych, kasków czy nawet okularów. W Kanadzie budowy w dużej mierze są zabezpieczane, robotnicy również muszą zachowywać ostrożność. Ostrożność powinno się także zachowywać jeżdżąc obok robot drogowych. W Kanadzie nie wolno przekraczać 60km/h przez obszar budowy, a brak przestrzegania tej zasady jest bardzo surowo karany- tak samo jak brak ochronnych ubrań na budowach. Częste prace na drogach w Kanadzie związane są z surowymi zimami tam panującymi, aczkolwiek ludzie coraz częściej się do tego przyzwyczajają-i co lepsze, potrafią obrócić to w niezły żart. Madison opowiada, że kiedyś spotkała drzewko zasadzone w miejscu "ubytku" drogowego , co niewątpliwie wywołało u niej uśmiech.
Walking into work last week, I was disappointed to see that the road infront of the school had been torn up. The construction workers are working on finishing the roundabout. While I am no stranger to construction: traffic, delays, and noise, the way this construction site looks is very foreign to me. In Canada, safety on construction sites and all work sites is very important. Not just the safety of the workers but also of the pedestrians. The use of personal protective equipment, or PPE is mandatory in Canada. Meaning that to work road construction you must wear full reflective gear, steel toed boot, protective eyewear and usually a hard hat. But here, I couldn't tell the difference between a construction worker and a pedestrian.
Also, construction sites in Canada take road safety very seriously. If you are caught speeding through a construction zone or driving dangerously the fine is at minimum doubled. On September 13, 2019, a man from Manitoba made the national news after he managed to get a speeding ticket for $2 694 CAD (7 964 Polish Zloty) after he drove 161 km/hr through a 60 km/hr construction zone.
The reason Canada takes such strict measures in road construction is due to efforts of trying to eliminate workplace accidents and death. The full reflective gear helps the workers to be seen. This helps to prevent them from being run over by heavy machinery such as an excavator. The clothing also prevents them from being hit by passing traffic. The rules on speed are there to discourage drivers from driving unsafely in a situation where the construction workers are vulnerable to serious injury.
Despite the seriousness, we can be good humored about road construction. Because of the very long and very cold winters, potholes are rampant in Canada. During the spring, when the cities and towns are busy fixing the roads, impatient residents sometimes take things into their own hands. But this does not mean they fill the holes properly. People have been planting flowers and trees in potholes to make sure nobody hits the holes and blows a tire or worse, damages their suspension or bends their axle. One occasion comes to mind. In Grande Prairie during May, there was one pothole in the middle of the road; it was over a metre wide and probably 50 cm deep. It was huge. One night someone planted a tree in this crater. But it was not just any tree. It was a Christmas tree. It even had flashing lights. I've never laughed so hard.
My name is Madison. I am from Alberta, Canada. I like to read books, go hiking and explore new cities. Even though I am Canadian, I don't watch hockey and I don't like snow. I graduated from The University of Lethbridge in 2018 after studying English Literature and Art History for six years. I have travelled to the Mexican state, Nayarit and to Tokyo, Japan. I hope to travel all over the world.