Just to remind everyone that Jim and his wife Carole are part of this volunteer group as well; standing in the cold and the mud directing traffic. It has been my experience having done it for a couple of days that most people accept the diversion/detour with very good grace, anticipating, like us, that the resulting finished road will be worth the minor inconvenience of driving around. I’d recommend that anyone living in the area requiring access via Spur Ranch Road come out and volunteer – you’ll meet your neighbours who are wonderful people.
A few new developments in our continuing road saga. First, it was very chaotic today managing the traffic flow. The contractors started work an hour earlier than they’d told us, blocking the road with construction equipment at busy hour when our flag persons hadn’t yet shown up.
Second, coordinating traffic proved much more difficult than we anticipated, because the larger graders, rollers, etc., now in use spanned both lanes much of the time and we had great trouble finding open times for traffic to move.
And finally, we had an unusual amount of traffic on the road, thanks to a meeting of local realtors who showed up this morning en masse.
Finally, we decided that it would be in the best interests of everybody simply to close the road during working hours (8am-5pm) and we posted signs at each end of the road, notified the authorities, and posted our volunteers at each end to explain the situation to vehicle drivers. Closing the road is an inconvenience for us all, but is safer and will certainly expedite the roadwork. We’ve driven our alternate route, Avenue de los Compadres, several times today and it is bumpy but perfectly passable, even with ordinary 2WD vehicles.
On behalf of our saintly volunteers, I’d like to thank you all for being so understanding and accommodating. I’d also like to thank our volunteers for their willingness to stand out in the cold directing traffic on behalf of their neighbors. You all are just super and your efforts are much appreciated.