It has been three years now since there has been work going on in Deerfield. Work on the main street of Deerfield, bisecting it into northern and southern quadrants. The first year was minor but annoying work here and there that would disturb traffic in this busy thoroughfare. The second year was more of the same, constantly digging up something and working on it. This year has been the worst, and it is not yet over. This year, however, it has been pretty much down to two lanes, one going in each direction, from late spring on.
It had gotten to the point that we never knew how to get out of our neighborhood, as most of our movement out of Deerfield is in a southerly direction and we are three blocks in from Deerfield Road.
For most of the summer, when I would need to go southeast, which was quite often, I would take a side street east in order to escape the neighborhood.
Trucks, noise, and dust were omnipresent. I managed to destroy a tire and mangle my rim in one unseen pothole that I hit during a rainstorm. The good news is that the construction company (A Lamp Road Builders) is truly stellar. After my ‘incident’ I contacted them and the city and they took care of it and even reimbursed my repair expenses.
I have never, ever seen a company that has been as organized or that has dealt as well as they have with whatever weather or circumstances occurred. Everything was smooth and clear and signage always helped us maneuver through it and their crews were efficient and never wasted time.
The only real problem was Illinois, which for a period of time halted the construction midstream, when funding was lacking. If my memory serves me correctly, we lost over two weeks of construction as their momentum stopped completely and it took easily a week to get back going. Shame on Illinois and its government for that one.
It is almost done; all of the infrastructure replaced and Deerfield has a nice, new concrete road. Driving home is like heaven, now!