When I contemplated a title for this article, I felt compelled to include the year simply because this project has gone on for, it seems, forever. The Environmental Assessment started formally in September 2003. Detailed community consultation on the approved project began in February 2005. By way of an attempted legal derailing and reordering of project priorities, we come now to almost the last year of construction. I say “almost” because the 2009 project will almost certainly spill over into 2010 if past experience is any evidence.
For the benefit of readers who don’t get a chance to visit the line regularly, here is the status as seen on a field trip by your interpid reporter yesterday, March 16. Continue reading