Fortunately, summer has made its way to the Lansing area. Of course, Mother Nature took her time, but that’s okay. At least we have warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine.

One of the things about Michigan that we’ve all become familiar with over the summer is the “orange barrels.” Makes sense, right? You can’t do a lot of road construction during the winter, so when construction needs to be done, it will be in the spring, summer, and fall. It’s just common sense.

Speaking of Sense, you can’t buy it, you can’t rent it, and you can’t score Sense for free. Either you have it or you don’t.

I am a radio host. I do not have an engineering degree and I am not qualified to manage one or more projects of the size of the ongoing projects at Okemos. I have a few complaints though.

We were aware that the southbound lane of Okemos Road would be closed during the bridge replacement on Okemos Rd. This bridge is just south of the intersection of Hamilton Rd. and Okemos Rd. I can accept that. They closed that same lane last year.

The question I have is, why did they decide to do the Grand River road project through Okemos at the same time? It makes absolutely no sense. It’s hard enough to get around, especially if you’re heading south on Okemos Rd. You can either pick up Dobie and wait in ridiculous traffic, or get out of your way to save time by heading south on Meridian Rd. This is how I headed south from Okemos.

Now, the intersection of Grand River and Okemos Rd. is closed to northbound and southbound traffic. I’m not one to complain about things I can’t control. I’m frustrated with this, however, because it’s very inconvenient. I don’t know who gets paid to ‘think’, but it seems the powers that be haven’t.

I am not alone in my frustration. I was talking to our digital editor, who has to go through construction to get to work, and she had this to say about the ongoing road construction projects at Okemos:

It has been extremely frustrating managing the construction work on Okemos Rd. Bridge AND on Grand River. I think they probably could have thought about it and not finished the projects simultaneously.

Let’s face it, it’s not the fault of the construction workers. I have nothing against them. It is with those who make these decisions without thinking about it. I feel bad for the businesses in Grand River that have been impacted by the construction of the highway. Businesses are much less busy. Let’s hope no one goes bankrupt.

I would love to hear from you. How do you navigate around these construction projects? Better yet, if you are someone who is a decision maker when it comes to road construction projects, I would love to hear the reasoning. Maybe there’s a reason they’re doing these road projects at the same time. Please leave a message in any case.

And don’t forget to slow down. Traffic fines are doubled in construction zones and as frustrating as the traffic is, we want these crews to get home at night.

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