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In May, the main road to town from my house went under construction. They blocked off 1 of 2 lanes of the bridge, and put in a 5 way stoplight while they completely destroyed one side of the bridge and rebuilt it. The stoplight is awful - only one direction gets a green at a time... on the bike, you can get stuck for 20 minutes.

WELL, today was a special day. I went to drive to class, and... lo and behold, there's no more construction! We had 2 lanes! I have never been so happy.

Unfortunately... as I was driving home from class, I came back upon more construction. It turns out they're doing the same thing to the other lane. Uuuuugh, 3-4 more months...
 

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I blame Global Tepidness.
 

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Chain said:
Why do you hate (slow) progess?
I much prefer excitement. Like, for instance, a dump truck going over it and the bridge collapsing! :D

(Did I mention that they're rebuilding the bridge to support higher traffic loads of... garbage trucks and dump trucks? They already rerouted the road to screw all pre-residential traffic, but to facilitate the brand-new private garbage dump. Ugh, the city council doesn't give a sh!t about tax-payers, just about corporations)
 

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estone2 said:
I much prefer excitement. Like, for instance, a dump truck going over it and the bridge collapsing! :D

(Did I mention that they're rebuilding the bridge to support higher traffic loads of... garbage trucks and dump trucks? They already rerouted the road to screw all pre-residential traffic, but to facilitate the brand-new private garbage dump. Ugh, the city council doesn't give a sh!t about tax-payers, just about corporations)
That's because corporations are tax payers and pay more taxes than households. Plus, in a lot of cases, when a company gets permission to build something like a dump, they have to have the infrastructure (roads) fixed to make them able to handle the increased traffic. But obviously, they design it to their benefit and disregard the local residents and are not obligated to consider things like bikes and peds. Normally, you'd think it's great that the compnay that wants to build a building, neighborhood or dump, has to re-do the roads, but then you get this problem since the voters who elect the politicians don't have any authority over the way they get designed. There are some cases where local codes force the developer to take those things into consideration, but I get the impression that that's pretty rare.
 

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JohnnyTooBad said:
That's because corporations are tax payers and pay more taxes than households. Plus, in a lot of cases, when a company gets permission to build something like a dump, they have to have the infrastructure (roads) fixed to make them able to handle the increased traffic. But obviously, they design it to their benefit and disregard the local residents and are not obligated to consider things like bikes and peds. Normally, you'd think it's great that the compnay that wants to build a building, neighborhood or dump, has to re-do the roads, but then you get this problem since the voters who elect the politicians don't have any authority over the way they get designed. There are some cases where local codes force the developer to take those things into consideration, but I get the impression that that's pretty rare.
Yeah I realize all that. What drives me nuts is that they took a perfectly good road, took out a curve and made it straight to the dump, with a T where the road used to go. They put in a stop sign - annoying, but, again, OK, fine. But they made the corner off-camber and hellish for everyone else. If you take it at 14mph in the non-stop sign direction, tires squeal. I can't take the corner at over 20mph on my bike, and I'm a cornering specialist. It's almost like they designed the corner to be as obnoxious as possible.

Oh, did I mention that they managed to put a blind corner in? Immediately after a stop sign where it's almost impossible to stay in your own lane? How do you put a blind corner in on #%&)#*($^&%)ing flat land?!
 
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