Roadwork in space! The constant running down of the budget for no reason other than fear of loosing funding levels for the following year has resulted in some standardized stupidity. Make you contribution to roadwork in space!
Widen a roadway, and then add an area to the center of the road that no one's supposed to use. Net gain: zero. You optionally may create this area out of concrete, which not only cost more but makes the rework later on very costly.
Pay for a traffic study to modify an intersection, eliminating strait paths in and out so that people have to slow down.When there is an increase in the number and frequency of resulting accidents, then pay for another traffic study to recommend further design "improvements". The resulting report returns lands taken to its original private owner, and puts the roadbed midway between what it was and what it is. Trees are replaced, lawns, and stone walls. The result is that people wonder what was wrong with it in the first place, since it worked better. Citizens may be reluctant to formerly ask why, or to suggest an additional study.
Subcontract a consultant from out of town to program the traffic signals that you just put in, that the installing contractor wanted to do for free.
Have all traffic projects reflect the viewpoint that unless all traffic is channeled though the business district and caused to stop excessively along the way (so to be forced to notice the shops), then no one will shop in our town.
Use movable, reusable "jersey barriers" to safeguard the public highways during construction. The barriers are safer than standard guardrails. Place a battery operated light reflector on each of the hundreds of them. Since there are no guardrails or barriers on the other side of the road don't put any reflectors there; after all, there are are no jersey barriers there to protect. When the construction is over, remove the jersey barriers and the reflectors.
Choose a stretch of state highway, never cease construction on it.
Rotaries are low technology. Never build one of these unless you plan on screwing it up with a traffic light. The principle behind a rotary is that everything keeps moving. Control freaks and highway department planners hate roundabouts for that very reason.
Its goes against instinct to plan to not control.
Replace rusty guardrails.
Cut rain grooves into the road anyplace you can. These wake up drivers as they are driving off the road. Be sure to get right up to the concrete wedges that were installed at all the ramp entrances two years ago, although they do the same thing.
Repaint the lines in the road. Do this without regard for those pesky passing zones. Basically, no road on Earth can go a year without being repainted, as this is a public safety issue.
Remove sand and debris from the gutter. This needs to be done no less than four times per year.
Create a logo that embodies the new spirit of the Highway Department. Purchase big, beautiful signs to attract customers at all the equipment yards.
New Highway Department Trucks can eat up budget surpluses fairly fast, but don't mess around: each new vehicle must have the new logo emblazoned on both doors. This vehicles should be taken to a car wash once a week. Insist that the entire existing fleet is a safety concern.
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