Friday, July 27, 2012

Road work ahead!

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

What is it with men and their toys?  I'm taking about bulldozers and machines that eat up the asphalt, spitting it into big dump trucks.

At this moment, my street is hemmed in by construction.  To the south, they've got traffic going one way east.  To the north, they've got four lanes narrowed to two, with so many back ups you have to sit for a good ten minutes to turn left--that is if some kind person will actually LET you out. I wish I had the option of staying home for the foreseeable future, but there are chores to be done (grocery shopping), and other places I need to get to.

What idiot in the highway planning department decided it would be good to tear up two parallel roads at the very same time?  Two very BUSY parallel roads? I travel both roads often and while the one to the south was a bit dodgy, the one to the north appeared perfectly fine to me.  Mind you, a section of the one to the south had work done several years.  Traffic was tied up for months while they scraped up the asphalt, put in new curbs and then put down new asphalt.  Pity that while they had it torn up they didn't actually fix the road, which is still so bumpy driving down it feels like a carnival ride.

Whose bright idea was it to start major construction on these roads at the end of July?  This tells me they will be frantically trying to finish the job(s) come November.

We have two seasons here, winter and construction.   What season are you living in?