It is a common theme every year in Wausau and around the Badger State. After enduring a cold, and typically snowy winter, those orange barrels magically bloom along many area roads and not too long after, the heavy equipment moves in to tackle another road improvement, pothole filling, or complete rebuilding project. Through much of the late spring and summer we endure detours that take us anywhere from a few blocks to a couple of miles around the spots where large piles of dirt block the road or massive bulldozers are rumbling along. Then we move into fall, not much changes until the leaves are completely gone, the temperatures struggle to crack 40 degrees and yes even the first few hints of snow hit the ground. By this point, hopefully that stretch of road that once was an obstacle course of cones, unpaved sections, and frequent entry points for large trucks, has transformed into a delightful stretch of smooth pavement and quick travel from point A to point B. Of course, some projects last for years on end, like the continuing transformation of Highway 51 and 29 through Wausau, which is anticipated to wrap up in another year or two. Granted at this point, there is still one of those random ramps that doesn't have any connection on either end, but hopefully will in the future become the ramp from Highway 51 south to 29 west. Ideally, for these projects to get done sooner than later, they would require more in the way of dry and warm weather, versus persistent rain or frigid temperatures.
Perhaps I am just one of the many in the bunch that has to circumnavigate at least 3 different construction zones to and from work on a daily basis. Nevertheless I'm left wondering if I will be around when the day comes that I could drive around Wausau in the spring or summer and have completely smooth sailing. In reality, the odds are probably slim, but there might be a day or two in there where it is possible. So by mid-November, most of these little projects should be close to completion...oh joyful time! Of course not too long after, the snow plows will be back on the roads and another season of navigating ice and snow will be our obstacles to deal with. If only the roads could magically fix themselves or at least last longer before needing a patch job. Hopefully someone is doing some research on that.
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