On Thursday Ferdie had a vet appointment at Northgate Animal Hospital on Vandalia so I decided to walk him there since it was a sunny Fall day and he needed the time outside. Here are the things I learned about the newly finished road construction.
There are now 5 lanes through most of the route, two in each direction and a middle turn lane. I made the decision to cross the road so that we would be walking facing the oncoming traffic and found we needed more time to cross, the width is so wide. It's important to make sure there isn't much traffic from either way or you won't get across in time.
The highway (and that is what it is now) is very pretty, nice black road bed and new sod and sidewalks along each side. However it was definitely not constructed to be pedestrian friendly and in fact, is often scary to walk on the new sidewalks because they are perilously close to the inside traffic lane. Two young girls were walking about 50 yards ahead of Ferdie and me (no school that day) and I watched as they were jostling around, laughing and talking. At times one or the other moved to the curb area and cars just zoomed right by at their shoulders.
Frankly, I doubt I'll be walking along Vandalia much anymore. When I could I moved into parking lots of business along that route just to get away from the cars. Heading home we took the other side of the street just so I could keep my eye on the oncoming traffic.
If you walk Vandalia, don't turn your back on the driving surface.