On a recent Sunday afternoon I tried to rush my daughter to the Veterans Hospital on Bee Street. She was in extreme pain and vomiting.
We made our way eastbound on I-26 from Goose Creek in great time only to find total gridlock on the Septima Clark crosstown. The two lanes on the left were traffic-coned off leading all traffic to the only lane open on the right. There were two ambulances in front of us sounding their sirens and honking their horns with lights flashing. We inched along for 35 minutes until we came to the cause of the delay: A crew of five or so planting flowers in the median.
I was appalled at the poor timing of this project that had to be done on a Sunday afternoon and wondered why this couldn’t have been done at night under a bank of portable lights as you often see during nighttime construction? Luckily, we finally made it to the emergency department and she was diagnosed with gall bladder problems.
I only hope that the patients in the ambulances were as lucky. I have left messages at the S.C. Department of Transportation and the mayor’s office, but as of yet no one has bothered to return my calls.
I just want to say that whoever planned for this project to be done at this time on such a critical road to area hospitals: “Real brilliant move, Sherlock.”