Not if you live in Lexington.
Suddenly, it seems, somebody is fiddling with Lexington's road map.
|The still uncompleted bridge over Abbotts Creek. Be patient.|
If a car, or God forbid, an 18-wheeler, is coming in the opposite direction and reaches the Raleigh Road bridge at the same time you do, I bet you: a) physically hold you breath; b) mentally hold your breath; c) subconsciously hold your breath; d) close your eyes; e) all of the above.
Construction on the ECSE bridge is expected to be completed sometime in May. Then work can begin on the Raleigh Road bridge.
|Meanwhile, there is no bridge at the other end of town. Be patient.|
Another option is to go out Fifth Avenue to approach Forest Hill Road from that direction. More on that in a moment.
That area definitely needed work. The whole package of merges, egresses and yields there needed some serious rethinking. For now, at least, I'm not too enamored with the thought process. And who knows how long this construction will take? I suspect I may not see its completion in my lifetime, and I plan on being here for a least another decade or two.
There's probably a five-mile stretch between the two Center Street bridge constructions. It just strikes me as a little odd that both these projects would be going on at the same time while tying knots at both ends of town.
But wait, there's more. Remember Fifth Avenue? It's usually a significant artery in town anyway. And now, with the bridge construction over Business I-85, it's a major detour route into and out of Lexington.
Or rather, it was. On Monday, they start resurfacing Fifth Avenue, from Business I-85 to Main Street.
Oh, wait. Shorty after that, they'll be resurfacing Main Street.
|Making a left-hand turn at the Square. Be careful.|
Some folks are excited about this development, others not so much. I'm approaching all of this cautiously and with some reservations. These left turns are still an experiment being conducted by NCDOT to test its feasibility (All of these simultaneous ongoing projects are NCDOT efforts, by the way). As it stands right now, there is no dedicated left-turn lane, and no left-turn arrows on the stoplights. I think there's already been at least one accident there. In an era that features way too many roadway distractions, not the least of which is texting while driving, messing with left-hand turns at the Square is like messing with Satan — who apparently is working for NCDOT.