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Highway 23 closed for dancing

September 23, 2010 - Karin Elton

Instead of a street dance, there should be a highway dance planned for when the Highway 23 construction is finally done.

Man, have drivers been inconvenienced or what this summer? Starting with that fiasco last spring where it took 20 minutes to go from Hy-Vee to Wal-Mart to the lovely detour from Lynd to Russell.

And speaking of 20 minute-waits, that’s how long it feels when you are waiting for a red light to change at Highway 23 and 19.

It will be lovely when there are no more orange sticks guiding you to where you are allowed to drive that day. No more orange and white barrels. No more obnoxious stopping in the middle of a highway.

On East College Drive there are now two lanes of traffic and on Main Street there is one lane, so a person could get confused and drive down the wrong lane, right? Especially if they had five 14-year-olds including two sets of twins in the car.

That’s what I did a couple weekends ago. I turned from Highway 23 onto East College Drive into the wrong lane and quickly realized my mistake and drove over a handy median that was kind of flat. I wanted to ease into the correct lane swiftly, but I had to wait for three cars to pass. So here I am, in an old Ford Explorer with five giggling teen-agers. A lady passing by looked at us stuck crossways on that median and howled with delight. Her mouth formed a big O. I think I made her millenium.

But I digress. I definitely think an end-of-construction highway dance is in order. Let’s see, we’ll have to shut down the entrances to Highway 23...


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