About a month or two ago an ominous sign appeared on a well-traveled road near my home. It happens to be the one I use to get to a lot of places including Starbucks.
The sign said “Road Closed June 10.” To me that means it will be closed one day — possibly for a resurfacing of the bridge. It would be annoying but you can handle anything for a day.
In today’s paper, there was an article about the upcoming repair. It is routine maintenance but the bridge will be out all summer. ALL SUMMER! Unfortunately, the detour will add 10 to 15 minutes to a normal 3 minute trip and take you on a road that doesn’t normally get much traffic.
Perhaps I’m sounding whiney. Well, I am! To get from one side of the city to the other you have to cross a bridge. There are a limited number of bridges. This particular bridge gets 10,000 cars a day traveling on it. That’s according to the newspaper article.
The bridge to the east has been closed for two years. They are currently working on it and expect it to be open by the end of this year. Folks who normally use that bridge have been coming over to “my” bridge. Now we both will move over to the next bridge.
Wouldn’t it make sense to stall off this “routine” maintenance until next year? The Department of Transportation was concerned that another year would require even greater repairs. Of course, they were also fearful of losing the money. It sounds like if you don’t use it, you lose it.
I know this isn’t a great tragedy. It just seems that every summer the road work tangles up your routines and snarls your nerves. It’s not just about rerouting and going a different way. It’s also about using roads that aren’t made for heavy traffic which means backups and cranky drivers. Cranky drivers do weird things. Here are some examples:
- Honk their horn when everyone knows no one can move. Perhaps it’s just their way of relieving stress or maybe gas.
- Turn up their radio so that your car (and head) reverberates.
- Make strange signals with their fingers. Hmmm….wonder what that means.
Last summer was a nasty one. A major artery had lane closures for several months. There was an intersection where left-turns were prohibited. That didn’t stop little old people from continuing to attempt to turn left and backing up traffic for miles. Seriously, all the people I saw trying to turn left (with a big sign staring at them saying not to) were grey haired ladies!
In the end this may be a boon for Starbucks as I may have to double my consumption just to get through it!