So I’ve been away to college and I came home for spring break today, and as I’m talking about heading up to Rochester for a meeting tomorrow, my mother tells me that I-75 is completely shut down for a patch where I need to drive, and that I’ll have to take I-94, but some of the exits (such as for the Lodge/M10) are also closed so that I-94 doesn’t get too crowded, since it’s dealing with all that extra traffic. Oh, and by the way, it’ll be that way for 2 years.
So I asked, why on earth are they completely closing that part of I-75 for TWO YEARS? Apparently they’re connecting I-75 directly to the Ambassador Bridge. Well whopdy doo – you don’t need to close down THE WHOLE FREEWAY to do some construction. Have you ever heard of closing down only some lanes (like when there’s an accident, or what’s that stuff called with the dudes and the orange barrels – oh yeah, CONSTRUCTION)?
And why does it take 2 years to do 2.2 miles of road? Is it because MDOT (Michigan Department of Transportation) is incompetent? No, because they’re always out there plowing and salting the roads when its snowing and it NEVER takes 3 days for my side street to get plowed (remember, I’m in a suburb, not Monroe County or something)!
If MDOT would get some real contractors who knew how to finish a project ON DEADLINE maybe our roads wouldn’t have so many potholes.
That’s another thing – if we would limit the truck weights (we have the highest weight for trucks [and 2nd highest for people] in the country), the pothole problem wouldn’t be so bad. And instead of just having ONE toll bridge (Mackinac), if we had some toll roads (I know I hate tolls and taxes, but states do need SOME revenue), we could have roads like Ohio, instead of the crap that we have to drive on now.
So here’s what we need:
Better contractors who actually work (have you ever seen a construction person actually working – I did once, but I left the camera at home).
Contractors who finish on time (unlike the bridge by my house which took them an extra month).
Better limits on trucks.
Why not throw in a better Governor for a bonus for having to deal with Michigan roads.
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