You may think the presidential election is the main topic of conversation around the north country, but I’m here to tell you that’s not what people are talking about when I run into them in the grocery store or local diner or bookstore or here at the station. No, the hot-under-the-collar chat is about road construction. “I was held up for 20, 30 minutes on my way home.” “Can you believe what they’re doing to the road between (fill in the blank)?” “Why can’t they stop working during ‘rush hour’?”
Theories abound: all of the construction is the result of federal stimulus money; the dry weather makes non-stop construction possible so we notice it more; there’s left over tax money that has to be spent; etc etc.
I tracked my way back from Keene Valley to Canton last week with this series of shots, documenting some of the construction:
Okay, here’s your chance to gripe–or rejoice–about this summer’s road construction…