Seriously? For How Long?! I am having enough problems with my daily commute down I-75 every day. Now they have informed me that two of the downtown exits will be closed forever. Granted, the exit I normally take has already had the “This Exit Will Be Closed For The Next Two Years” sign about a year ago and I managed fairly well (after a few days) of learning the detour for that. But now with this, I am afraid a detour is not going to help; I am going to have major highway traffic problems. I already solved part of that by working late. That way I get the “creep and stop” traffic going home but it is only until you get out of downtown. After that, it is pretty good.
According to the local paper: “The final phase is expected to take about four years and cost $126 million…city deputy pubic works director, is certain downtown commuters and visitors are a resilient lot, having experienced the orange barrels along the interstate and elsewhere for more than a decade.” (Yes, it did state, PUBIC instead of Public. At first I thought it was a cut and paste error but no, the City Director is a Pubic Works Director. Good for him!)
Personally, I believe that dealing with orange construction barrels for over 10 years is something that should be included on a resume as relevant work experience; along the lines of showing that you have patience and can do strategic problem solving in finding detours. Of course, the real coping method would be a bitchin’ play list on your iPod. (Of course, during the interview you would describe it as “various work related pod casts on current and successful management principles.”)