I used to brag about living so close to work that it took me only two minutes (rounding up) to walk there. Now, I can only grumble.

It’s hard not to when you’re stuck in a perpetual construction zone.

Just to get to work this morning, I had to leap over a trench, play limbo to get under some construction tape and dodge an excavator as it swung towards me with a load of dirt.

I perform similarly dangerous acrobatics each time I come and go.

To be fair, I’m not opposed to construction. I think it’s swell that the city is beautifying the downtown core. Heck, who can’t appreciate the promise of a few extra benches and trees along Granite Avenue and Garcia Street?

I only think that someone might have taken the time to notify the businesses and residents affected by the construction.

Customers struggle to access the businesses along Granite Ave. To do so requires leaping the construction tape and ditches, and ignoring the “Sidewalk Closed” signs. Quite likely some find it too hazardous to attempt and leave.

Some provision ought to be made for both customers and employees to access these businesses, even a few planks placed across the ditches or some signs to redirect people to a safer access point.

Apparently someone did stop in at the Herald last minute to warn that the construction would continue until the end of November, but the businesses should have received a formal notification from the city ahead of time warning of the construction and what effect it would have.

The same courtesy should have been shown to the downtown residents affected by the construction as well.

On Monday I came home for lunch at the right moment and my landlord kindly informed me that if I needed to use my car, I should park it on the street. Within an hour we had our own moat.

On Tuesday, I was not as lucky. Assuming that the trench, which had been filled overnight, would stay that way, I left my car in the parking lot only to find that the workers had re-dug the trench and I was parked on the wrong side of it.

Again, a formal notice from the city warning residents when the parking lot would be accessible and when it would not be accessible would have been both courteous and professional.

To be honest, we are often overlooked.

In July street closures during the Great Canadian Bike Rally also affected residents of my apartment building and made it difficult for us to get in and out without driving around or moving the barriers. Then too, the communication was lacking.

City events and revitalization projects are a good thing, even when it means a bit of inconvenience to businesses and individuals, but courtesy ought not disappear with convenience.

With the proper warning I wouldn’t mind my death-defying jaunt through a construction zone each morning, I’d consider it a Survivor challenge. But it’s hard to keep on the sunny side when my car is parked on the wrong side of a moat.