Thursday, April 26, 2012
Close to Nowhere
Construction - a fact of life
Last Wednesday (the 11th) when I left work, Craft Street/Highway 7 was a mess! I pulled into Liddy’s drugstore and wasn’t sure if I was going to get in and then it was really nasty getting out of the parking lot.
I imagine all those businesses up and down the road have been very anxious for the construction to be over. I certainly was and I just drive on that street.
Thursday, I was lucky enough to stay home all day and Friday, when I drifted back into town I was amazed!
The road was completely paved, striped and pretty! Driveways looked driveable on and traffic was just moving right along. It was wonderful!
Of course, 78 is still a mess, but now, I have hope that someday it, too, will be driveable.
I truly hate driving between those concrete barriors. I can just see my car ricocheting back and forth between them like a pinball.
And, thanks to a legal notice in the newspaper — bids for a bridge repair somewhere — I now know the proper name for those noisemakers on the side and between lanes on the highways.
“Rumble strips!” As annoying as they are, they are an excellent idea. I’ve never actually dozed off while driving, although I’m sure I’ve come closer than I’d like to think about. You doze off and drive over that “rumble strip” and you’re going to wake up!
My son is a car sleeper and he swears I do it on purpose — as soon as he starts snoring loudly, he’s positive I drift over to one of those strips just to wake him up. I will neither confirm nor deny!
I’ve noticed while driving down 78 that as you have to drive past the concrete barriors the road crews have very kindly paved a strip off to the side to make the lane almost big enough for your car. It also allows you to drive far enough over so that you’re not driving on the “rumble strip.”
I’ve also noticed that more than half of the cars in front of or behind me hug the concrete barrior and drive right smack down the rumble strip. I can only imagine the teeth chattering in those cars!
This Wednesday morning I’m off to the quilt show in Paducah, Kentucky! The way I go to Paducah is mostly two-lane highways and I’ve never run into major construction before. I hope that record holds!
I have lost a restaurant on that road — we’d stopped one evening at a family style restaurant that was really, really good. I’ve never been able to find it again.
Probably would help if I could remember what road or even what town....
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