Constant road construction is just a fact of life in this city - it's a big town with crumbling streets. Somewhere, something always needs repair. I understand this, but sometimes I wonder if the city could be a bit more efficient. For instance, the city has decided to rebuild a stretch of Flatbush Avenue from the foot of the Manhattan Bridge to Fulton Street. They are ripping out the old divider that runs down the middle of the street, and replacing it with a prettier, new one. The new divider will be a tad wider and have room to plant trees. Trees are nice; we could always use a greener city. Not a problem so far.
But, the city is also starting repainting work on the Brooklyn Bridge. And, to give the workers room to work, the city has closed the bridge to Manhattan bound traffic nightly. So, all this traffic has to now take the Manhattan Bridge instead, and drive down Flatbush Avenue, which is under construction. So, traffic is a bit of a mess, especially at the corner of Tillary and Flatbush.
One might think the city would only work on one of these projects at a time, to keep the traffic and chaos from getting out of hand. But, such thinking implies that one thinks the city uses common sense. Trust me, they don't. For example, while the Brooklyn Bridge is closed to Manhattan bound traffic, Brooklyn bound traffic is rerouted over the Manhattan bound side of the bridge. Because we are driving on the wrong side of the bridge, the onramps from the FDR are closed, as is the entrance from Park Row. The only entrances kept open are the ones from Pearl Street and Chambers Street. Anybody coming from the west would usually take Chambers Street, but it is closed between West Street and West Broadway because of another construction project.
And, construction projects in New York can last an awful long time. Here's a photo of the traffic circle at 110 Street and Central Park West:
Things used to move quickly though. The first subway took only four years, and the Empire State Building was completed in only sixteen months.