It’s a beautiful day. A few wispy clouds are in the sky, and the birds are a churpin’. For some, though, this beautiful day is greatly diminished by the sounds and smells of men and women filling potholes and building roads and bridges. Not to mention the extended ride into work. Yes, we made it through another Minnesota winter, only to be greeted by construction season.
As far as I have been able to find, the Twin Cities has about 79 projects lined up for this spring and summer. While a few of these are already completed, this just covers the plans for road construction. There is a complete list of all the projects, costs ranging from several thousand dollars to a couple hundred million over the course of a few years, that can be found here:
While these projects may seem inconvenient and never-ending, they do better our community in the long term. When businesses look for places to settle, they usually want high-traffic areas with a good infrastructure. With better roads that allow for more traffic, they are getting exactly that.
These projects also help stimulate the economy with the money being spent for labor and materials. This is particularly true if the work force involved is local. Overall, the whole scenario is really a little-picture / big-picture deal. We may not see the advantages when we are trying to get home at the speed of a turtle crawling through peanut butter, but when our local businesses and community continue thriving, I’m sure most of us will understand the importance of these projects just a little bit better.
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