Imagine this: You get in your car while running late for work, back out of your driveway and take the same route you always do into town. You’re itching for traffic to clear so you can arrive as soon as possible, when you turn a corner and realize that there’s no way you’re going to be on time. The road is closed.
Road closures are extremely frustrating to deal with. They interrupt your routine, make it difficult to navigate unfamiliar areas and cause traffic backups. They are particularly troublesome, though, when you aren’t aware of them to begin with.
As a longtime asphalt contractor in Santa Rosa, CA, we are often responsible for some of these pesky road closures in your neighborhood while we pave or reseal roads and driveways. In both emergent and everyday situations, we always recommend that you check for road closures before leaving your home so you can have a backup plan on how to arrive to your destination safely.
Here are some fast and easy ways to find out about road closures in your area.
State, city or county websites
Typically, you can find road closure information easily by visiting local, city, state or even national websites. Most areas disclose when roads will be worked on, particularly when they’re part of large or well-trafficked interstates.
Visit the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website for quick links to state transportation sites that will offer planned roadwork and lane closure information. These will be some of the most reliable sources for major closures and closures following disasters like fires.
Your local municipality might also offer information about road closures on their website, on social media or even in person.
While you’re driving through your town, keep a keen eye out for road closure signs posted on the side of the road. Usually, state departments of transportation will erect these signs to give drivers a heads-up about major closures on highways and on/off ramps.
However, some local areas may also post signs with information if the closure will take a long time or is on a major street.
Google or other map applications
While you’re on the go, you can easily check road closures in your area by checking Google Maps or another navigational application. Many of these apps allow people to log when they see a road closure and upload that information to the system so others can be made aware. These sorts of programs will help you the most during emergencies, such as fires or other disasters, as well as on small-town streets near your home that won’t get as much attention on a city- or statewide scale.
If you’re out and about and see a road closure, help others out by logging the information on apps like these, too.
Listen to the news
Finally, checking the local TV news stations or radio programs can usually give you insights about which roads are closed for any number of reasons. Just remember that these sources aren’t always visual and might not be as much help as pulling up an actual map could be.
Sikes Asphalt Group Inc. is a premier asphalt contractor in Santa Rosa, CA. We specialize in residential and commercial asphalt and concrete paving and removal, seal coating, stripping, maintenance and more. Visit our website today for a free estimate.
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