Highway traffic blues


If you haven’t noticed that Interstate 5 and Highway 99 have been under construction, you must be living under a rock.

But if you have noticed, you must be asking yourself: “When will they be done with it?”

If you think soon, you’re wrong.

Most recent news has told us that this hellhole of traffic during certain times will continue all through this year and all the way until Summer 2015.

I think to myself, “Well that does’t matter to me, I barely leave Lodi,” but that’s just me.

But it impacts many other people.

“It’s hard, especially in the warmer months,” said Abraham Sublaban.

Sublaban said he can’t wait until winter.

“Then I won’t mind as much,” he said.

The gas situation, though, makes him a little mad.

Abraham also lives in Lodi but, unlike myself, works in Stockton. He deals with the traffic on a regular basis.

Gabriella Ruiz also deals with heavy traffic twice as much due to her commute.

“I have to wake up at 6 in the morning to get to school, then after school I work,” she said. “The bad part about that is that I get out of school at 10 a.m. but don’t start work until 5 p.m. and I live in Lodi.”

She said traffic is bad enough, but braking every 10 seconds because of traffic is killing her gas mileage.

Others have told me similar stories about the problems traffic is causing.

Many just wish it would be done already.

So in the end, no one is happy about the delays.

I haven’t dealt this traffic problem yet, but I’ve had my fair share of experiences with heavy traffic around construction areas. Some people have to deal with this traffic everyday, and it’s a big problem.