Saturday, July 05, 2008

Construction Zone

This time of year it's nearly unavoidable. Construction that is. Construction on the way to work, construction on the way home, construction on the way to nearly everywhere. And construction at home. Almost.

Our street is not immune to construction and it is dug-up. One house away from us it starts. It has turned our normally busy through street into a dead end, or cul-de-sac or whatever. Despite this fact, and the many signs informing people about it, drivers still hope that closed doesn't mean closed. There is a sign two lighted intersections away telling people about the closure. Actually, there are two signs there. One wooden one in the intersection and an electronic billboard type on the side of the road. There is also a wooden sign at the intersection closest to us. A sign and a barricade. The lane towards the construction is blocked, the lane away from it is not. So going out from home is normal, coming home requires a little deke in the intersection. Anyway..... There is one more sign after that. (Today, Saturday, the sign is down. Perhaps the construction crew felt dirt and heavy machinery was as good as a sign) The final sign says "road closed" and has a do not enter symbol on it. Despite all of this some drivers still think they can get through. Well it's just not true. YOU CANNA GEA THROU!

They have driven past the signs, past the barricade, up to the final sign (sometimes) and there they sit. And they sit. And they sit. Sometimes they scratch their heads, sometimes they peer past the sign and up the street. (Literally up, there's a hill.) And they sit some more. Then they turn around, slowly. Always slowly, and drive away looking confused. Now, if it said "bridge out" and they still did all that, I'd be concerned, maybe. Have you met people? This behaviour isn't that odd after all.....

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