Here in Austin it seems a great many of our roads are undergoing a bit of a renaissance as they get repaved or refurbished (stimulus money? Or the city catching up on road maintenance that had been postponed in the previous administration?).
Recently a challenging road near our house was repaved (2222). Its a windy road, 4 lanes of traffic, and a main east-west artery in Austin. I was impressed that the construction crew got the whole stretch of road between two major highways complete in under 3 weeks – and they did it by working at night. During the day, all 4 lanes were open for traffic for the duration. Often you could see signs of progress – an additional smooth patch of asphalt here and there. And then pretty soon those patches were joining up with other patches… And the next thing you know the whole road was complete.
I see so many road projects where one lane is shut down for months (often with no obvious progress for most of that time). Or the project leaves uneven lane transitions for months (which, by the way, greatly increase the number of highway fatalities and accidents). I don’t know enough about construction to know why the construction crew working on 2222 in Austin was able to use this process versus one of the others – but I can tell you that as a driver on 2222 I’m thankful. The road is safer now, and the constructions process posed minimal hazards, and it was done quickly. I’m ready to send all of Austin’s roadwork to these guys. Efficiency like this should be rewarded!