Daily commute to job site causes worries at home
I have often talked about how sucky Highway 63 can be out here in Fort McMurray, mostly when you head south to Edmonton. But as I sit here tonight, I realize that I probably don’t write about what is going on north, to the plants like Syncrude and Suncor because I do not have to drive it every day.
The reason I am thinking of it tonight, is that I had to try to keep supper warm for an hour, before we realized that hubby would not be getting home any time soon. There was a very minimal amount of snowfall today, and I mean, there was hardly anything. Well, the radio announcers started the day by yelling on the radio about all the snow that was falling, and I was wondering if we were looking out onto the same city. But then, I don’t think there are many announcers here who are from the East Coast, so maybe they are not used to snow like we are — oh, and I hear that you guys are getting your fair share this week, especially down Margaree way.
So anyway, traffic got crazy early this morning, and hubby has been saying it has been very congested a lot of the mornings lately. So to travel about 35 kilometres this morning, it took him an hour and a half. There are two lanes heading north, and two heading south going out the sites, but tonight there was an accident heading north, and then another out on a hill they call “Supertest” heading south.
During the winter, I never relax in the morning until hubby calls or texts to say that he made it there okay, and then at the end of the day it is the same for me until he walks in the door. The drivers just seem bad, and in a hurry, and there are so many big trucks on the same road.
Anyway, he has now been on the road for three and a half hours tonight, and he still is not home. It will be even worse for those who work at the sites further out who are stuck on the bus. I know last week the exact same thing happened, and some people did not get home for five and six hours. I can’t imagine if the weather was bad, and thank goodness it is not.
Many suggestions have been made about what to do to improve the road, and mostly It is suggested to add more lanes. But good luck getting the funding in place for all that, and then actually get the work done! I wonder if we will ever see it while still we are still living here?
One last note, we are seeing all kinds of new arrivals lately, from all over the Island; if you are heading out, add me to Facebook or drop me a line and I will try to keep everyone updated of upcoming entertainment. My list of places to stay (rooms to rent) is getting smaller, but I would still suggest lining up a place to stay before you land in town.
I hope all is well at home on the Island, have a wonderful week.