that will look GREAT when it's done!!

8:00 PM

Ever heard that phrase?  "That'll be really nice when it's finished." "Things always get worse before they get better."  The storm before the calm.  Also known as the utter chaos and disarray that crash down on a population, causing the simplest of tasks to be hindered into long exercises in frustration and sheer will-power to get from point A to point B.  Also known as road construction.  Or building construction.  Or, just construction.

Srsly.  I'm from Springville, I live in Provo.  These two towns are connected by a highway that runs along Ironton Hill.  And I swear that road has been worked on five times in the past four years.  You think I'm exaggerating.  I don't even know what they're doing anymore.  Refinishing the pavement?  Expanding?  Adding waterlines?  At this point I could hardly care about WHAT they're actually doing, just WHEN they're going to finish it.  Also corrupting the roads of Springville are four lines of cones directing traffic around torn up patches of rubble down the main road just off of my own little cul-de-sac.  Yeah, you heard me: FOUR.  Where are you supposed to drive you might ask?  That is still under question.  Besides the occasional "keep right" sign, there is little to differentiate between the dos and don'ts.  Well, that and the occasional almost head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle.  But that only happens about once a day so it isn't likely to affect you.  The worst part is that entire road was completely torn up exactly ONE YEAR AGO.  Why they need to rip it up again is beyond me.

That's just Springville alone.  Word on the street is University Avenue's getting the ax next.  Granted, that road is rough to drive on fo sho it's bumpier than driving on a railroad track.  But I'd rather take it as is than have it closed down for four months.  Have you SEEN that road on game days?  Can you imagine that amount of people with half the space to drive on?  I think not.  On top of that, they're remodeling/adding to/whatever the Widtsoe Building, blocking my usual route to work.

I don't think I need to tell you what I-15 looks like.  If you've been in Utah at any point in the past year, you'll know what I'm referring to.

I am not one to hate on improving our community.  I think it's important.  But will we ALWAYS be looking forward to the improved future?  Will we ever be satisfied with the now?  Or will there always be construction to be done?  Philosophize it however you wish, I for one am sick of taking an additional 10 minutes to get everywhere in Utah County.  I also cannot figure out why they can't just fix everything in ONE go, rather than repeating the same job once a year.  It's like I'm back in driver's ed again, navigating through the sea of orange cones.  I hated driver's ed.  I don't want to feel like every day on the road is another test.

All I'm wondering is will we always be comfortable with looking forward to the potential beauty of the future?  Or will we one day be satisfied with the way things are?  I just really hate road construction.  I'd probably rather just drive on crappy roads.

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  1. Roads need to be maintained. ;) Preferably not with such regularity, but there you go. AAAAND with the Widtsoe and Cluff being torn down to make room for the new shiny Widtsoe building, guess who's major is going to be in for shiny new classrooms and perhaps drafting labs? :D Not to mention the new greenhouses.

    I will not lie, State Street needs to stop being re-fixed. I just hope this time around isn't because they did something stupid the first time around.

  2. laurenthejukebox17July 31, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    Yeah, the new Widtsoe will be awesome - my roommate is a Biology TA and she's been saying awesome stuff about it. Haha, and yeah roads do need to be kept up. I'm just so sick of ittttttt.


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