Seriously. I'm beginning to take this personally, TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation). First, you tear up University Drive and make it so bad during your ongoing widening improvement that it's not safe to run on. I don't need to run on it on my own, but as the person who has to map out the long run routes for my running club, you took away a really convenient option and made my job more difficult. And seriously, how long is this going to take to finish? We were dealing with the same construction last year during running club, and it's nowhere near completion!
Then, you repave the road outside of my subdivision (thank you, the potholes were getting pretty bad). But when you restriped the road, you took out the left turn lane into my neighborhood! I saw it coming, too - before the actual paint goes on the road, little colored tags are put in place...and I mentioned to Jeff that it was odd to see only yellow tags and no white tags (which is what color the turn lane would be). Sure enough, the painters came and created a painted island, meaning that legally, vehicles have to stop in a traffic lane in order to turn left into the neighborhood. On a road where the speed limit is 60 MPH, and where drivers aren't expecting anyone to come to a halt there BECAUSE THERE USED TO BE A TURN LANE. Naturally, I created my own turn lane in the painted island, because no, I'm not going to be a sitting duck out there due to TxDOT's mistake. Jeff called TxDOT and they confirmed that their contractors were wrong in eliminating the left turn lane and it would be corrected...in a couple of months.
Then, when we were driving to the park where we meet for running club last Saturday morning, we realized that an intersection we'd be running through was suddenly under major construction - it went from two nice, wide lanes (plus a turn lane) going each direction to one very narrow lane each direction. Seriously??? I cannot reroute around this! I had to caution our runners that if a car approached while they were in that section, they would probably have to stop running and jump off the road. Fortunately, we run so early in the morning that there isn't a lot of traffic, but for crying out loud, I'm already feeling like a mother hen toward our runners when they cross major intersections; I don't need this mess, too!
TxDOT, I'm not even going to get into the fact that you are changing up all the on- and off-ramps to the highway, and began with the ones to our neighborhood. Ramps closed, the feeder road narrowed down to one lane...ugh. It's enough to make me even more of a hermit than I already am, because leaving my neighborhood means getting into instant gridlock. I know that this all has to be a terrible coincidence, everything converging at the same time around my subdivision...or IS it?