Thursday, October 20, 2011
Road Construction Blues
The lifestyle of living on the freeway (non-rush hour times of course) no longer appeals to me and I love how close everything is here in Vancouver. BUT, for the last couple years it seems that road construction and repair has become an ever expanding virus. We all want great roads to drive on, but it's crucial to avoid those areas like the plague and you just never know where the little devils are going to pop up next. I was talking with one delivery person who said it changed daily. He never could plan a route that would work 2 days in a row.
Yesterday I loaded my little blue Yaris hatchback with 12 boxes of magazines and worked my way out to Abbottsford, half by street roads as I had a few stops and half by the freeway. Where I jumped on the freeway in the morning it looked like there might be a small amount of road work being done in the other direction, but it honestly didn't look too bad. On my way back, I decided it was probably okay - HAHAHAHA! The area in question did indeed look like a minor section of repair, but as I passed the off ramp and looked ahead I realized it was a much larger stretch than I thought. While traffic was actually moving okay, it the the off ramps that were crazy. The construction was on the right side as well and all the off ramps were plugged with large trucks almost at a standstill. The signage had been revamped to help you understand the complicated way to exit through the construction zone and not all of it was thought out.
Today is pretty much a work from home day. I do have one event late tonight, but that will be long after the road crews have gone home. So for now, I get to write away my frustrations. Tomorrow is another day!