Everywhere you go around the St. Louis area, non interstate streets are crowded with barrier barrels as an outbreak of utility work appears out of nowhere. What is up with this? The gas company has piled up their equipment on both sides of Seminary Place, a road leading from the campus to Clayton Road for 2 years. We thought they were done last spring and there was a bit of a lull this summer but they're back with a vengence putting out such big equipment and leaving it there (!) that only one direction can get through and it's difficult to see when having to make a turn. Then the men who work for the gas company have taken to parking their own personal oversized pickup trucks along that same stretch as well which means only small sized cars are comfortable getting through.
There's one middle aged worker who has made it a practice to stand in the middle of what is left of the one lane and daydream. I say daydream because he stands lazily where no work is being done. Same guy every day. Gets out of his oversized truck and instead of moving off the street, he just stands there and stares at on coming cars.
Also Big Bend is all tied up with utility work as is Dale Avenue. Collinsville's Vandalia Avenue is probably the worst with all this. But it's everywhere. Seems like interstate construction work has slowed down so it was decided to excavate residential and public streets. I just have to believe that while states and cities are broke or close to being out of money, someone has the funds to keep wreaking construction havoc on our streets.