Blocked in Again!

United States
September 5, 2007 6:42am CST
The construction work is just down the road from me this week. Yesterday it took me 10 minutes to get out of my driveway because the backhoes and dump trucks were blocking the way to the main road. Today they are closer and I hope it won't take so long for them to move. My first client lives on the other side of town and I don't like being late. Hopefully they will get this over with soon so we can get on with our lives. Unfortunately the last section they did took them over a month to complete.
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• United States
6 Sep 07
I have had to suffer from construction blocking our road and have to drive around two blocks to get back almost to where I started from. On top of that we have had them cut through the telephone lines twice and cable lines three times!!...No phone and no Internet of TV. I felt cut off from the world.
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• United States
15 Sep 07
We have been without water on a number of occasions. They broke a water main when they were digging up the road.
@Eskimo (2317)
5 Sep 07
Its not too good when that happens, if they had any sense, they would discuss with you what times you need to get out and in, and allow for that, access should always be maintained to your premesis at all times, but being realistic there willbe sometimes when you are blocked in or out. It should be up to them to keep you informed, not the other way around.
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• United States
15 Sep 07
They are actually more accomodating now that I have been cooperative with them. They come to the house when they see my car in the driveway. They know that I have to be out of here at a certain time.
@kitty1234 (1476)
• United States
5 Sep 07
lol, I am traped with you! They are putting in new water pipes near my home and I had to find an alternate way to get home. a two minute trip took me 15 minutes with all the detours. sometimes I wonder if they could just do this at night so the traffice would not be affected! But my friend I know how you are feeling, and hope for a quick end to our construction woes!
• United States
15 Sep 07
I am not sure I would want the noise at night. When they broke a water main, it was noisy until 9:00 p.m. when they finally fixed it.
@sunshinecup (7881)
5 Sep 07
Oh boy I hate when they do that. You would think they would be a bit more considerate when working in a residential area. I know they have some large equipment they have to move around, but honestly they are the ones blocking the road, so how are you to solve this?? Hopefully they will have extra amounts of coffee today and actually get it done and get out of there. But again, they are paid by the hour so I wouldn't hold my breath, LOL.
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• United States
15 Sep 07
They now have made a few ways that we can bypass the areas in which they are working. But, we still have to wait for the big equipment to move out of the way.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
5 Sep 07
I know it is a pain while they are working. They have been doing remodeling in the store next to us, and we share a driveway. They have blocked the driveway for about the last 4 months. Hope it is over for you soon.
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• United States
15 Sep 07
Wow, 4 months is a long time.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
5 Sep 07
I am sure that does drive you batty. Hopefully they will be done soon enough. I know when the buses are going up to the school I can't get out for awhile, so I leave earlier just so I am not late.
• United States
15 Sep 07
I leave earlier now that school has started. When you encounter a bus on its way to pick up kids for school you have to allow for at least 2-3 stops. So I leave about 10 minutes early as it is.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
5 Sep 07
ooooh that would make me feel trapped as well, I hate it when people block you in, my neighbour sometimes parks a little over my drive way and it makes it very hard to get out sometimes but I don't like to complain, some people get a little narky when you complain so for peace sake I put up with it, luckily she only does it sometimes...
• United States
15 Sep 07
I just go with the flow. NO need to get upset over what you have no control over.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Here where I live,they been working on the main street for 6 months now and they are still not done. They are making the streets wider. It taks a person 15 minutes to get through the construction work just to get to the other end of town.
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@ssf12ster (489)
• India
6 Sep 07
dont worry they will go away once the work is over u need to manager. i parked my caroutside and during construction they broke the front wind shield and i coudlny drive my card for a few hourslater on other pestered me for blocking the road to get the materials inside.i said it will take a few hours.i kept on requesting people to use another road . they obliged.afterwards now all the work is over and now there is deafening silence inf front of my huse on the road thanks
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
6 Sep 07
What a nuisance. Is there o weay there can leave a small acerss for you to get in & out? I thought road constructions were supposed to allow for resident access to their home.
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@KrisNY (7592)
• United States
5 Sep 07
Wow-- I hate construction- it just isn’t fun! I sat in it yesterday on lunch trying to get to Wal-Mart. 23 minutes on the way and 15 minutes on the way back to work! I was going crazy- I hope they finish up soon for you also- I can’t imagine having a hard time getting out of my driveway!
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 Sep 07
Do not worry, when fall comes the construction season will be over, and you will be able to get through. This happens to us every summer. When we went to Saskatoon, part of the highway was blocked off and we had to take the L O N G way off, at a slow 70 kph to get to where we wanted. You say a month to complete. Do you believe, the highway still has not been finished yet?
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
5 Sep 07
While a situation like this can be frustrating, Elusive, you have to look at the big picture. The end results will probably make your street much safer and improve driving conditions. I hope that you will not be delayed too much by this work. Sometimes we just have to have a good deal of patience:)
• United States
5 Sep 07
Oh, I can't stand that. I hope they get it finished quickly. I can't stand being late to somewhere that I'm going either. I hope you got there on time.
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@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
5 Sep 07
here where i live in southern ontario (canada) it is said that there are 2 seasons, winter and construction lol... have you talked to city hall about your concerns? that would be the way i would go. good luck!
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
15 Sep 07
I would be annoyed too if they were doing construction right where I live and blocked me in. That is terrible that you have to wait for them to move their machines out of the way. They should find a way to do their work without blocking anyone in since people have to go to work and do other things.