If you drive down North Avenue, Cross Highway, Long Lots or Roseville — and who doesn’t? — you know what’s coming.
If you don’t, you should.
A 5-week milling and paving project has already commenced. With lane closures, rough road surfaces and big machines stopping traffic in both directions, the period from now through Thanksgiving will be frustrating for commuters, school buses, parent and teenage drivers, residents, delivery people and anyone else using these major thoroughfares.
If you’re a normal person or “06880,” you ask: Why wasn’t this done during the summer?
The answer is that the $1.2 million cost comes from the recent stimulus package. The funds were applied for months ago. Approval finally came through — after the summer — with the stipulation that it be done by December 31.
Okay. God and government work in mysterious ways.
But it should be noted that at least some of the project would be unnecessary if the job had been done right the first time, 2 summers ago.