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Constant construction on roads inconveniences students, residents

Constant construction on roads inconveniences students, residents

Austin Banzon

Constant construction on roads inconveniences students, residents
January 25
18:51 2018

Denton holds a vibrant and charming small-town atmosphere, with opportunities awaiting for development in the city.

A progressing city has to have construction to match the pace in urbanization, right?

One can infer that new construction constitutes advanced roads and buildings. But the construction that has transpired in Denton does not often correlate with conversations about the betterment of city roads. 

I grew up in a small town for the first few years of my childhood where construction was a rare occurrence. Roads are old and rutted in my hometown. Dirt and fissure are two elemental descriptions of the negligent roads. 

The lack of initiative to improve my hometown lead to obsolescent roads and buildings.

Denton, however, seizes the potential to obtain efficient road improvements.

Denton has construction to improve the city, but the true question at hand is: Can it follow through? The city has unfinished construction in various areas of town. There are evident projects in process, but do not entail a finishing reveal any time soon.

Of course projects do get completed, otherwise Denton would be consumed of fragmentary construction and wouldn’t be the city it is today. Projects take time, which is a given.

But even so, there seems to be a common trend in road construction found throughout the city: One task begins and assures upgrade and efficiency for the residents of Denton, but in turn do not get done in full completion in a timely manner. Disregarded road construction — more specifically around the campus — causes students who walk to tread around the construction.

As a frequent walker around campus, I have come across multiple construction sights and must take into consideration where I walk, avoiding the blocked areas.

For moments when I drive down the roads, the ride is not always so smooth, and like a maze, I avoid bumps and potholes.

The nuisance of the inevitable deficit of construction causes for a calamity of incidents that are brought upon unfixed roads. It can be a roller coaster of a car ride with old, disregarded roads in any given place.

If only focusing on one road construction project at a time until finished, roads would then be complete and efficient, buildings could be built and operated and Denton would thrive.

Featured Image: Illustration by Austin Banzon

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