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Lost in Columbia: There's help all around

Coping with construction. These are interesting times. Everyone has an anecdote about Armored truck, headed for Campbellsville, ends up in Vester, but friendly natives get them pointed in the right direction.

There are a lot of people getting lost in Columbia with the construction disruption at the Fairgrounds Street at Campbellsville Street intersection. Sometimes twists and turns in the detour have people ending up in odd places, as Patty Smith at Liberty Road Grocery & Deli in Vester, found after the detour was set up Wednesday morning, May 27, 2015.

An armored truck drove up, she said, and a guard came in, saying he'd just come from Columbia and needed directions to Campbellsville.

They had turned right at Fairground Street, east, instead of left, and ended up 6 miles in the wrong direction. Patty pointed them in the right direction, she said, and as far as she knows, they made it just fine to their next stop.

There will likely be a lot of similar stories the next few weeks. The construction is expected to take six weeks from May 27, 2015, and it should be worth that inconvenience.

Sometimes, trusted short cuts across Young Street, Lowe's Lane, or Miller Avenue, turn out to be jammed at intersections on Jamestown Hill. And even Pelham Branch Road at the Bypass now gets as many as four or five cars waiting to cross, instead of the usual none or one.

Since it takes most of us 21 days to acquire a new habit, a lot of us will be forgetting to take alternate routes.

I know I have, several times.

For out of towners it can be even more confusing. It's a good time to hone up on soft skills, and be as knowledgeable and as helpful to strangers as possible, as Patty Smith did. So long as Lost in Columbia is met with helpful, friendly advice, it shouldn't be a bad experience at all. - EW

This story was posted on 2015-05-31 06:20:12
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