Today there was horrible traffic on my morning commute. It took me an hour and 45 minutes to get to work this morning, where usually if I left at the same time it may take 45-50 minutes.
The reason for the horrible commute was a pothole at the Grant Line Road overpass on 580. New reports say that the pothole was 10 feet wide and 2 feet deep and it closed two lanes of the freeway. At this point there are five lanes, but it is also a convergence zone of several routs.
Update: I have the circle on the wrong end of the overpass. It is about where the black car on the right is. I can see the scar from the pothole repair as I drive by each day.
The pothole developed at about 4:15 and work crews did not arrive until after 6:00. The repair was in progress when I finally drove by, but it was not until afternoon until it was completed.
Here is a diagram that I used in an earlier post about expected traffic problems in the area. The problem occurred in the area for 1-580 Overlay and shoulder work. The roadway is a mix of asphalt and concrete. If the asphalt areas subside and the concrete does not then a very hard edge develops where the two surfaces meet. This has caused a very rough ride through this area for the last year.
Backed up traffic like this brings out the worst in drivers. I saw many instances of rude and unsafe driving as people were fighting for position on the roads.
If not for an important event at work today, I would have simply turned back home.
On the bright side it only took me 25 minutes to drive home from work. However, that was after a very nice dinner and leaving the office at 10:00.
Hopefully the traffic will be better tomorrow morning.