“Is this a game day?” I asked my hubby as I waited for a line of cars to leave an opening for me to squeeze into. I had just gotten off work, and was surprised to see a traffic jam on the street in front of the garage.
I continued to wonder where they were all coming from as my hubby filled me in on his day. We only have a few minutes to talk after work, because as soon as I get into Illinois, it’s “hands off” my phone. Being that Illinois is right across the river from my hotel, we have to speak fast.
While we were catching up, I managed to cross the couple lanes of traffic in order to make the next right turn. Another right at the next corner, and one more right at the next corner would take me onto the bridge and heading home.
Except that road was blocked. And all traffic was being diverted onto the one way street in front of my garage.
So THAT’S where they were coming from. And now I’M a part of the jam that was blocking the garage exit.
“The good news is we have extra catching up time,” I joked with my hubby. I felt a little like Griswold in European Vacation. “Look kids! It’s
Big Ben the hotel again!”
I’ll be glad when all this construction is done. Our hotel is literally surround by construction sites, all in an effort to make the Arch grounds more pedestrian friendly. It’s a good thing, I suppose, but they’re taking down bridges, and dispensing of roads, and quite frankly, it’s a mess.
This is what the Arch grounds look like now. If this picture was backed up a little further, you would see my hotel off to the right. The “park” in the middle is what I drove around only to be diverted back up the street in front of my garage.
This is what the Arch grounds will look like by 2015. Or so they say.
It’s certainly much greener. And it DOES make it easier for people to access the Arch without fear of crossing a busy highway. And in a way, it’s putting our hotel on the Arch grounds.
So it’s all good, but sheesh. For the next year, we’re in for quite a mess. And if I’M doing round-abouts in an area I’m pretty familiar with, imagine how our out of town guests are going to feel. That is if they can ever make it TO the hotel to be our guests.