Ever get tired of seeing road construction? Hate driving through a road construction zone knowing the road will suck and probably have gravel and debris to ride through? It’s frustrating, irritating, and depressing for sure. BUT, road construction needs to be looked at from a different angle and a positive perspective to see the immense value in its undertaking!
I love riding. There truly is nothing like it for the feelings it invokes. To feel the environmental elements, smells, sounds, leaning into a curve, the elevated sense of letting go of the previous days, its all part of what comes from riding. And what makes all of these feelings we love and share with others possible? Road crews. These workers are the essence of what gives us the foundation for us to ride those many miles and experience the sensations we feel. They lace the country with the pavement we enjoy on our bikes and are almost never thanked for their work.
When you consider some of the hardships a worker in road construction has to endure its quite intimidating. You will see them all year round in just about every type of weather condition. When its 100+ degrees they are in the sun, wrapped in protective gear that covers every part of their body causing extreme heat conditions that can easily lead to heat exhaustion. Add to that the heat of the paved surfaces and hot asphalt rising up from under them and the sun baking down upon them while they labor to lay the road. In the winter you’ll see them bundled up to keep warm, enduring below freezing wind chill factors and exposure to continue the task of completing a stretch of road. It’s dangerous work yet they still perform it. They deal with extreme heights while constructing bridges, the dangers of heavy equipment, and the inconsideration of cagers who won’t slow down because in their elitist mind set their Starbucks coffee or Einstein bagel is more important than the life of a road construction worker. Most people that utilize the roads these workers construct will spew harsh expletives about road construction to their family, friends, and co-workers. They are short sighted and selfish without the cognitive ability to recognize that road construction is for each and every one of them in particular. They only define how the construction is affecting them personally at that particular time.
Americas economy rests on the backbone of roads as well. All those trucks you see that so many people complain about utilize the roads to carry the cargo that eventually ends up in your home or possession. It’s the trucking industry that carries goods across our great nation and it’s made possible by the roads these workers labor so hard to complete. Roads are what carries those horrible lumbering monstrosities called RV’s that block the poetic scenic views from every other motorist behind them. Roads lead a trail for us to the grocery store, restaurant, nightclub, concert, family visit, weekend trip, or just a nice ride to get away for a few hours. And behind all of those roads are the road crews that most people hurl curses upon as they move through a construction zone.
It’s quite sad really that Americans don’t have the patience or see the future value of what these workers are doing for them. Were a self centered nation and very unappreciative. It’s unfortunate because if we took time to evaluate the end result of road construction which in every way will personally benefit each of us we would be thanking road construction workers every time we had a chance. The end result of all their hard work brings to us the gift of roads to ride and experience beautiful scenic views, lifetime memories, and wonder about the enormity of creation.
Thank You- To all of the road construction crews across this great nation!