Roosevelt Holding Me Back

I’ve been cursing the construction on Roosevelt Bridge for the last few weeks on my way to work. Ok – let’s just be honest, cursing it involved the strong word “crap” and that was about it from me – but the resurfacing of the bridge has added at least 15 minutes on to my morning commute. The bare concrete they worked it down to is really difficult for cars (especially the smaller ones) to get over as it’s extremely uneven. Even when there was room to go a decent speed, everyone has to slow to a virtual stop just to get over some of the temporary grates and metal slabs.

Anyway, while I thought that was bad, I’m hoping that it’s repaired tomorrow morning because today I headed to the office to pick something up that I forgot and it took me at least twice as long as normal, on a Sunday because they had Roosevelt down to one lane on Cherry Blossom Mob Weekend. Not the best timing, but maybe it will be better tomorrow morning. I’ll report back…

UPDATE: It’s worse, believe it or not, this morning. Although some lanes are better, they have shifted the work, so there’s still severely uneven and slowing traffic to a standstill.

10 Comments so far

  1. jen m. (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 9:44 am

    it’s very touching that a proud SUV driver has such concern for the drivers of smaller cars.

    you know, SUVs wear out roads much quicker than lighter cars, so you might want to think about that next time you are stuck in traffic due to road construction or repair.


  2. Stacey (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 10:02 am

    Well, I attempt to do my part, considering that my sport utility is something I need for my day-to-day life. Me driving the most fuel-efficient and lightest American SUV there is was not a mistake.


  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 10:30 am

    I would say that the most wear, though, come from the myriad trucks that wend their way across our roads carrying heavy loads of goods from all over the country.

    I know. Let’s ban trucking.


  4. Skip (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 1:43 pm

    Solution – take Key Bridge like do! It’s easier than Roosevelt and less congested (Depending on what time you go).

    Skip


  5. darpino (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

    Solution #2

    You live in Arlington – take the Metro to work!


  6. Stacey (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 4:04 pm

    I would definitely metro, but except for the construction adding time, the times I’ve taken Metro from my place (which is bus first), it takes me 20 to drive and 40 to ‘tro it. Boo.


  7. wayan (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 5:12 pm

    “my sport utility is something I need for my day-to-day life”

    I call bullshit on your need for a SUV? Why, because there is so much off-roading you do between Arlington and downtown DC? Because you’re hauling thousand-pound trailers? You have a brood needing the “protection” of all that steel?

    The only (polite) reason I can see for you to even come close to justifying such overbuild is speeding over road construction like the Roosevelt Bridge without slowing.


  8. Stacey (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

    Sure, legit BS call. And, although this is America and all and I don’t have to justify things like personal purchases, I’m happy to elaborate on my thoughts. Sure, “need” is definitely a strong word b/c there are certainly options. I do a lot of driving travel in which I take my car with heeps and heeps of things to different locations. As in FILLS my car so I can’t see out the back-style. I could, of course, go rent a UHaul every time I need to do that (somewhat often) and just pollute even more – that’s an option. Also, I’m involved in a very frequent volunteer/service organization in which I’m also carting lots of goods/stuff and people (who don’t have cars… or jobs… or money… or clothes… or homes…or modes of transportation to places Metro doesn’t run) back and forth, back and forth, even several times a week from the ‘burbs to the city and back. So, although clearly all of this makes me a pretty awful person b/c I have to buy more fuel – I consider it a need for my life, and it is.

    I also love the speeding over construction assumption as though I’m a rude driver. There’s no precedent whatsoever or actaul information for that assumption – but hey, everyone has their prejudices.


  9. wayan (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 5:45 pm

    My bullshit call is rescinded.

    You’re one of the few folks who do have a decent need for a thing/people hauling machine & you’ve gone with a green one and use it to do good deeds at that. I wish we could say that about more SUV (or any car) owners.

    As to the speeding over construction – that wouldn’t be a rude driver, only one who knows SUV’s are built to take on bumps in the road. Clueless SUV drivers IMHO, are the ones who baby their Hummer over a speed bump like they’re driving a low-rider.


  10. Stacey (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

    Gotcha with the Hummer drivers – I see what you’re saying.

    I’m loving that we are agreeing on one subpoint of an issue. This may be a first for us bro – this is a good day.



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