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Just think about it

Why wait until the weekend to close a bridge, divert traffic and rely on the signal system that's designed for traffic based on two bridges being open.

There was absolutely no Police presence directing traffic that could have improved this situation immensely.

I don't think Mr. Provost understands the situation based on "It's a situation that we definitely don't want to have, but we don't have any choice here in this matter."

I would put it to Mr. Provost, that the addition of Officers directing traffic would be a step in the right direction. At least it would help intersections that are clogged with people that don't want to wait for the next light and tie the intersections up.

Do as much of the work as you can at NIGHT.
Get officers directing traffic.
leave a lane open on the Brunswick side to encourage traffic to go up to the 140 and jump on 40 back to town. It would still be faster than sitting in traffic that's not moving for 2 hours.

Put a little effort in your job, "Bottlenecks along 3rd Street and on US 421 and US 74/76 quickly turned roads into parking lots; a situation the DOT says it can only live and learn from", The trouble is this has happened before, and it doesn't appear DOT is learning anything.

Is it possible to get a more descriptive statement other than "we're working on the bridge"?

Oh yes, I'm surprised there was not a marathon going on, but we'll have that next time.

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