I come to work early - now, apparently, I'm going to have to leave even earlier! Ugh!

I usually leave for work while most of South Jersey is sleeping. How early? Usually between 3:30 and 4:00am.

Now, I may have to leave earlier.

I don't live far from work. With no very early morning traffic (ever), I can usually make it to work in three Cat Country songs - less than ten minutes.  If I make a stop at Wawa, I need to go a different route, and my commute time, with stop, is probably about 15 minutes.

Now, I'm being told I need to take a new way to work - for two years!

Egg Harbor Township Police have passed along word that a construction project will force me to detour for...two years!

Work on expanding some Garden State Parkway bridges is behind this - which is happening in a couple Egg Harbor Township locations.

Here's the detour I'm talking about:

>>>Detour Alert - Eastbound Mill Rd traffic, at GS Parkway Overpass<<<
Beginning on or about Thursday, Nov 12th, and...

Posted by Egg Harbor Township Police Department on Tuesday, November 10, 2020

This will force me to take a virtually whole new (well, different way) to work each morning, probably doubling my commute time.

Am I being overly dramatic? Probably.

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Since I've been taking the same route for 15 years, I've gotten used to my route.  I know where the streets puddle up in a heavy rain. I know which streets are plowed first in a snow storm. I may know where the police hide if I hit the snooze alarm a dozen too many times....

This is kinda weird: I know where the deer are. My commute involves driving the edges of birch grove park, and I know what areas the deer usually hang out at 4am. I (KNOCK ON WOOD REAL HARD) haven't clipped on yet.

Third world problem, right?