Have you ever wondered while traveling, why a two lane highway is closed down to one lane for miles and miles for road work?  I always have.  After all, crews can only logistically work on one section at a time. 

On my recent vacation where I definitely traveled my fair share of highway, I also got more than my fill of road work zones.  Prepare yourself for a bit of venting because I feel the need to sound-off a little on how road work is done.  I always tell myself that I'm sure the road work crews have a very good reason for closing off miles and miles of roadway (road that usually looks perfectly fine by the way) to traffic, but deep inside, that voice of doubt keeps telling me that it's not necessary to do that at all. There must be a better way! Can't they just close the lane as they go?

I certainly can't pretend to be a road work repair expert so I'm not speaking with any expertise here, just the voice of reason.  Imagine how much time, productivity, and money gets lost, just due to traffic delays in road work on highways each year?  I can tell you it's billions according to the U.S. Treasury Department.  There's got to be a more efficient way to get the job done with minimal traffic interruption without it driving up road work expenses.  You're probably thinking, "What a dreamer you are Leslie Ann."  And you would be right.  I guess I just need to hold out hope for hover craft cars to come out soon.  Then bad roads and road work would become a thing of the past.

In the meanwhile, if you have travel plans and you want to avoid road work delays, check out New York State Thruway Scheduled Lane Closures.

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