What does the completion of the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway mean to you?

by Rebecca Martyn on December 7, 2015

Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway
Since August 18, 2011, Windsorites living near Huron Church road and/or the EC Row have been dealing with detours and road closures while construction of the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway was underway.

What does the Rt. Hon. Herb Parkway opening mean?

Like everyone else living in the area, I was thrilled being able to drive on the new section of Highway 401 that opened up on June 29, 2015. I was equally happy to have my drive time north on Huron Church from Howard Avenue to the Expressway cut in half. As of November 21, 2015 the remaining portion opened to the public. Now we wait anxiously for the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge to help alleviate traffic on the rest of Huron Church Road.

When the project started there was, if I recall correctly, an estimated completion date of December 2014. Due to various setbacks, the openings were delayed. Many people in Windsor were lucky enough to secure employment during the construction. Now that construction has ended, they have had to find other employment. Unfortunately, some people now find themselves in a position where they can’t meet their debt payment.

Let me introduce you to Mike (not his real name). He was working on the Rt. Hon. Herb Parkway and his contract ended last year. While he was employed, he and his wife decided to buy a bigger house, a rental property and a new truck. He was lucky to find new employment right away, but his wage is drastically lower. Mike assumed he would be working on the Rt. Hon. Herb Parkway until the end of the job, would then start working on the new bridge or another project and would be making money from his rental property.

But things did not work out that way. This employment ended early and he isn’t making the profit he expected on his rental property. Mike owes $12,000 in credit card debt, but he can’t manage the payments on his new salary with all of the other household expenses he has. I met with Mike, and after reviewing his options, he is going to file a consumer proposal to settle his debt.

Mike realizes now that should have delayed his spending and he should have focused on saving extra funds just in case his job ended.

Hiring will soon be underway for construction of the new bridge. When that happens people need to plan for the future. After all, that project too will eventually end and the job search will being again.

About

Rebecca Martyn is a bankruptcy trustee and consumer proposal administrator responsible for the Hoyes, Michalos & Associates office in Windsor, Ontario.

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