Saturday, February 12, 2005

Road Construction

It's strange but true. The Georgia road crew decided to shut down four lanes on 285. That's right, you heard that correctly, FOUR lanes. This is madness.

The 285 highway forms a circle around Atlanta city. There are three other main highways that thread through the big circle, 75, 85 and 20. 75 and 85 form a cross through the circle. Highway 20 runs through 8:00 to 4:00 and intersects at the airport.

The road crews that I've seen working on a major highway usually cone a lane off for road work and let the major flow of traffic through. Not so this road crew. They just shut down the whole thing. What do they care they're not going anywhere? They're just sitting along the roadside with the lunchboxes. Sheeesh.

But it gets worse. They decided to work the entire weekend. You can't get anywhere around Atlanta without using 285 so this makes getting anywhere impossible. Except...

Ruth knows lots of shortcuts. She was able to get us off and threaded through lots of back streets to our destination. Sure we were late. It would have been nice to know before hand that the arteries of the city were shut down for the entire weekend.

I've always wondered why road crews work in the day. It's always impossible to get around when they do. They often choose rush hour to do it. Not to mention how dangerous it is working around all that traffic. Why wouldn't they work when say no one is around? Wouldn't that make some sense? How about 1:00 a.m? Surely someone has already thought of this. I can't be the only one thinking about this.

The road to ruin is always in good repair, and the travelers pay the expense of it. - Josh Billings