Letter: Inconvenienced by Route 53 construction
To the Editor: During the summer of 2012, I started traveling to a place in Bartlett three to four times a week. The drive from Elk Grove Village is not very long but, there is an issue I would like to address.
During that summer, the town of Addison started doing construction on Route 53. I understand roads need to be improved because that is a very industrial area and many semitrucks drive there and the roads get very worn down.
Normally when there is no construction, there are four lanes total. Now since they are doing construction, the two lanes that were going one way are closed. So when they were doing the side that was completely closed off, we were happy that we'd soon get to drive on a road that is smooth and pothole free.
But, driving on the new side, the road is done horribly. It’s very rough, bumpy and uncomfortable.
I do not have another option of going a different route. Those are our tax dollars that were spent on that road and they should not be doing a substandard job.
One more issue is that when they are working on the street, they are holding up traffic during rush-hour times — using a huge tractor to get chunks of asphalt dumped into a container right next to the road. A piece could fall and do serious damage.
I feel this kind of work should be done when there is less traffic, like 4 or 5 in the morning, to make everybody's lives easier.
Elk Grove Village