Construction Season is Upon Us

Up in the North there is construction season and panic-something-broke-and-it-can’t-wait-to-be-fixed season. The second season is quite expensive as you’re paying for extra labor to dig through frozen ground and other unknowns. The ground has thawed, it is heating up outside and that means one thing.

Time for Construction Season!

If you drive more than a mile odds are you’ll see this bright orange sign:

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The joys of summer. Delayed traffic, torn up roads, extra dirt on your car, orange cones, detours….delayed traffic.

It isn’t easy to thank these people for fixing our pot holes and making our streets a little smoother–even if it is for just a few months. You can’t stop your car and walk up to them. That is impractical in so many ways and could interfere with their job.

Here are 3 things I have come up with to thank your construction workers:


Slow down

Yes, the law tells us to slow down. Construction zones are slower and come with a higher fine than a normal stretch of roads. How is this thanking them? Simply by respecting them enough to keep them safe. Imagine standing in the middle of the road for 8 hours having cars drive within feet of you at 40-50-60-70 mph. These people are braver than me. They may not remember you if you go the posted construction zone speed, but they will sure remember you if you don’t–and not in a good way.


Smile and Wave at Your Flagger

A simple smile and thank you wave makes a difference. They are used to people getting irritated because they’re holding the stop sign and making you late. Remember, they are keeping you safe and dealing with the heat. Thank them the next time you pass them.


Bring them COLD water:

I really want to do this some day. I haven’t quite figured out how to do it without holding up traffic or causing other issues on the job site. Ice melts by the end of the day and that flagger is standing still in 100+ degree heat. It isn’t the coolest job around. Meanwhile you’re sitting in your air conditioned car, listening to the radio and getting annoyed at the wait.

One of my ideas is to keep a bottle of water in the car and if I’m ever first in line roll down the window and hand it to my flagger. Another one is to grab a case of water and drive to a smaller site and hand it out.

Several years ago the city replaced all the water and sewer lines on our street. That meant we couldn’t even access our driveway some days. The Husband took them water one day as they were working on some smaller projects.

That simple thank-you brightened their day and spread a little comfort in an otherwise very hot situation.


As you’re going about your day, remember they are trying to do their job. Remember to smile and spread a little happiness.



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