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Be careful where you park if there’s construction in the area, or you could bring the job to a halt and have trouble finding your car.That’s a lesson learned by the owner of a station wagon, who parked along a section of a Scarborough Bluffs...

Paving job grinds to a halt over one parked car: Fixer | Toronto Star

Be careful where you park if there’s construction in the area, or you could bring the job to a halt and have trouble finding your car.That’s a lesson learned by the owner of a station wagon, who parked along a section of a Scarborough Bluffs...

Paving job grinds to a halt over one parked car: Fixer | Toronto Star

Be careful where you park if there’s construction in the area, or you could bring the job to a halt and have trouble finding your car.

That’s a lesson learned by the owner of a station wagon, who parked along a section of a Scarborough Bluffs street that was about to be repaved, and then went downtown for the day, where he couldn’t be reached.

The paving gang was no more than 30 metres or so from finishing the job when everything came to a dead stop. It was well over three hours before it was finally towed away so the paving could be finished.

We were working at home on Thursday when a construction worker knocked at the door and pointed at a station wagon parked along the curb near our driveway. We suggested that the owner might be at the school next door.

But the car didn’t budge as the afternoon wore on; we talked to the guy that came to our door, who said a thorough round of door-knocking and a visit to the school did not turn up the owner.

The top layer of pavement along one side of the street had been stripped off after water-main work was finished, and the paving crew was replacing it, working its way toward our house and the stationary station wagon.

By 3:30 p.m., the front bumper of a dump truck hooked up to the asphalt spreader was only a few feet from the back of the car, which is where the wheels came off the job.

With the car owner nowhere to be found, the head guy from the water-main contractor (the paving gang was a subcontractor) called Toronto police and asked if they could arrange to have it towed. Only a police or parking enforcement officer can authorize it.

Police told him they’d send someone. He called back nearly an hour later and was told that they were still working on finding a parking enforcement officer.

Meanwhile, the paving gang, including truck drivers and equipment operators, was left to stand around while the clock was ticking and the meter running for their services.

A parking cop finally arrived just before 6 p.m. and said the car was legally parked, but could be towed to a side street just around the corner because it was impeding construction.

Tow trucks are a dime a dozen when you don’t need one, but it took about another hour before it finally arrived. By the time the car was on the hook and moved around the corner — a distance of no more than 50 metres — it was 7:15 p.m.

Seldom has a paving gang moved so quickly to finish a job, when they were finally able to get at the section that was occupied by the car.

If the owner had taken closer note of the surroundings, he might have considered parking around the corner.

It’s a good lesson for everyone.

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