I don't know about you, but I've been very impressed with what is going on with the Marsha Sharp Freeway Project lately.
From the widening of Loop 289 to the new convenient flyovers on the West Loop, things are looking great and driving smooth. Even the temporary detours are relatively pleasant.
I would also be remiss if I didn't mention what a good job the city has done on the widening of 98th from Slide to Frankford, and it was completed ahead of schedule.
I do have a bit of news on the freeway; I'm told by the end of next year, barring any big weather delays, drivers will be traveling on most of the freeway. That will cover five major thoroughfares from Slide Road to University Avenue. But the cones and barrels will still be around for a few more years finishing the project.
So consider this, with these projects comes constant detours and route changes. We had a tragic loss in 2006 when a construction worker lost focus for a split second and was hit by an 18-wheeler and killed.
As drivers, none of us want to be on the other side of that story. So join me in paying special attention in these work zone areas. We want all the workers and the drivers to make it home safely.
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