In town, we have a construction zone on a stretch of highway where the posted speed limit is 65 MPH. Several months ago (and I do mean SEVERAL!), this section of highway was being expanded. The construction signs went up and so did the "new" speed limit. It went from 65 to 45 to 55 to 45, all within a few feet. Everyone on the roadway obeyed and there were times when one lane was closed down forcing all of the drivers to merge. I was amazed at the GREAT lengths cars would go to in an effort to avoid someone merging in front of them! When the roadwork finished, we all returned to our normal speed limit of 65, even though the construction signs were still posted. Clearly the roadwork is done! We have not seen a construction cone, worker, or paving truck within the past several months, but the "REDUCED SPEED AHEAD" signs are still there with the 65, 45, 55, and 45 MPH signs. I have tried to reduce my speed, but when I have cars that are passing me going 70 MPH, its hard. Or when I have cars speeding up to my van and then having to slam on their breaks because I am going a good 25 MPH UNDER what they are going, it becomes a little too scary!
This week our Sunday newspaper had an article about this specific stretch of highway. The writer of the article stated that even though there is NO current construction taking place, if the signs are posted the work is not complete and if you are caught speeding, you WILL get a ticket! Apparently there is a lot of paperwork that has to be processed before the construction signs can come down. I understand that! I understand that the work has to be processed and signed off on. The part that really bothers me is that I am trying my best to go the posted speed limit, but I honestly feel that I am putting my family in danger when I am going 25 MPH under what EVERYONE else on the roadway is going!!!