>As you may or may not know, Cal-Trans will be shutting down parts of I-5 in Sacramento at the end of this month. Apparently, Cal-Trans has been having community meetings to help people understand the impact that the roadwork will have on the daily commute.
Basically, they said that if people don’t alter their travel patterns, the surface streets around Sacramento will be unable to handle the usual traffic that will be diverted off I-5. During these community meetings, I’ve heard that Cal-Trans recommended the following alternatives (my reactions in parentheses):
- Take public transportation (Hide your valuables!)
- Change your commute times to leave earlier or later (If I could do that, I already would be doing that!)
- Telecommute (See comment above)
- Bicycling (HAHAHAHAHA! Are they serious?)
- Go on vacation (For three months?)
How in the blue hell are you supposed to ride a bicycle to work if you live out in Elk Grove or Roseville? These suggestions are ridiculous. I would love to go on vacation for 3 months, but since I have no trust fund or rich husband to support me, I have to go to WORK.
In a few weeks we’ll see just how awful the traffic will be on the surface streets around I-5. My guess is that there will only be a small percentage of people who are able to change their daily commute habits and thus it will have no impact on the gridlock in the future.
Mark your calendars, May 30th will be here soon!