Saturday, August 27, 2011

They were probably out looking for shovels.

Dear TxDOT:

Although I know you probably receive thousands of these letters, I wanted to write to you and express my gratitude for the complete closure of State Highway 121 this morning. I understand that the world does not run on a strictly 9-to-5 schedule and that, even though today is Saturday, many people in the area still had to go to work this morning. While the construction crew for this segment of highway was not actually among our number, the hundred or so of us stopped on the convenient one-lane detour you provided knew that, for the half hour we spent practically motionless, unnecessarily burning up a limited and expensive resource, they were with us in spirit. I would also like to compliment you on your decision not to announce this closure in advance, as I am sure that the waves of commuters adjusting their routes would have caused an undue increase of literally dozens of vehicles on each of several nearby roads that would otherwise have gone nearly untraveled at that hour of the morning. It is precisely this kind of thoughtful planning that makes you one of the finest Departments of Transportation in all of Texas.

Again, thanks for making me late. You owe me like $7.50.



P.S. I don't mean to complain, but we could really use a few more medians around here. Yesterday, I saw at least two different vehicles attempting to make a left turn rather than simply driving several more blocks and making a U-turn.

1 comment:

Robyn Hines said...

I know this post is like two years old at this point but as a fellow inhabitant of Tarrant County who has to drive the 121-114 gauntlet to work every day (from 170 which is also under construction because fuck you that's why), WHY DO THEY NOT TELL PEOPLE ABOUT SATURDAY TRAFFIC SWITCHES, GODDAMN. IT TAKES FIVE MINUTES TO MAKE THE FLASHY SIGN THINGS READ WORDS.

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