I got great news today in the form of a flyer on my front door. Weather permitting, they will begin paving my street this Friday. Can we say "Alleluia!"?
The city has been replacing the sewers on my street for the past eight weeks. It hasn't been eight weeks of solid work though, since the work tends to be frantic for a day or two and then cease for a week or so. And it's only been a two block section - perhaps 30 houses in total, each with a 40 foot lot. So, that works out to an average of 7 yards of work per day, on average. In the past eight weeks they have managed to rip out my gas line three times, puncture the water main, and break my driveway apron, among other things. I've tried to be patient, but after two months it has gotten really old, especially never knowing if I can get down my street or not due to all the construction equipment.
But at last the end is in sight! They are doing the paving in two sections, each a block long. And we won't be able to use each section for at least two weeks to allow time for the cement to harden and cure. So, for the next two weeks I'll have to park a few blocks away and walk. I'm not thrilled about that because my car has never spent a night out on the street before, let alone a few blocks away where I can't keep an eye on it. There have been a rash of car thefts and break-ins lately, so there's reason why I'm a bit nervous. I do have a friend a few blocks over who said she'll keep an eye on it if I park on her street, so I think I'll try and park by her house for some added peace of mind.
I better go to the grocery store tomorrow too and at least buy some milk and orange juice - I don't want to be lugging that heavy stuff home a few blocks if I can avoid it. Fortunately I already bought extra bags of cat food and litter in preparation for this. With luck I'll be parking back at home by the end of the month and by mid-September all the construction equipment will be gone and our neighborhood will be back to normal again. I can't wait!