New Thing #249: Driving Down A New Road

From_BedfordOne of the routes I take to school saw a lot of construction this summer. I couldn't really figure out what was going on, but there was a lot of tree clearing for a while.

There was a cop set up to monitor traffic, there was a heavy construction vehicle presence...

And then all of a sudden the trucks were gone, and there was a road where there hadn't been before.

It all looks so normal that I almost feel like I imagined the whole thing happened.

Last week, I decided to drive down the new road and see what was up.

The above picture is what the new road looks like from the already existing road.

This is what the road led to:


It's a little cul-de-sac. I was expecting, as I drove down the new road, to see a police detail and more construction vehicles continuing to build something...but it looks like they were just making a new access road to the residences around that cul-de-sac.

I was hoping I could capture a Google image of the site to illustrate it for you, and I did. I drew a red line where I estimate this new road to be:


I'm still not quite sure I understand the purpose of all of this. Even driving down the new road I had to convince myself that all of the construction had indeed actually happened. (You can see some leftover traffic cones and on the right of the picture at the top there is some exposed rock from what must have been blasted away to form the road, as well as a covering over some more rock.)

You can see on the map where Route 2 (Cambridge Turnpike) is located. There is intense construction going on there - I wonder if part of the deal with the locals affected by that construction was that they get a different access road so they don't have to get stuck in construction traffic when they try to go home...but that seems like a whole lot of environmental damage to accommodate a few houses.

My only thought is that there is more construction coming - they just haven't started it yet.

I have to admit, though, I'm kind of fascinated at how quickly a road appeared where there hadn't been one before.

If you have any more information about the goings-on in Concord (or maybe it's Lincoln), I'd be happy to hear them in the comments.