That's the question JDA President Arthur Salisbury posed to Executive DIrector Jan Brodie before the August 28th 195 Redevlopment Commission marketing meeting. Her response was immediate and to the point:
Work on the West Side will be finished in October 2014. On the East Side of the river, August 2015. Park segments and the pedestrian bridge will be completed in the Spring of 2016.
As was pointed out, when Interstate 195 was built, all the infrastructure under the right of way — local streets, water, gas and electric supplies and sanitary and sewer systems were completely destroyed. Wiped out. After all, they were going to disappear under 30-foot highway embankments, never to return.
Now, in 2013 all that complicated infrastructure needs to be reconstituted to current standards for such high-tech utilities as fibre-optic communications.
So, for us here in the Jewelry District, that means the jack hammers, the air compressors, the generators, the back hoes, the humming of diesel engines, the screeches and clangs! of road plates sliding — or dropping — into place, and, yes, the incessant beeping of back-up alarms will be with us for the duration.
But there's a ray of sunshine: the gas company installers tell us that they're almost done with the work on Ship St.
And remember, it's all in the aid of the cause.