, who lives on Long Hollow Pike, knows that all too well.Every workday, Welch sets his
alarm clock a little earlier than he
did three years ago."Then, I could probably count on a 20 or 25 minute commute," Welch
said.He drives to the Woodland Street area of Nashville to Ragan Smith & Associates where he works as an engineer.
But since the state has started its reconstruction of I-65, Welch's
commute time has doubled."Now, it can take anywhere from 40 to 45 minutes, to an hour.It depends on the time of day.If I'm smart and I get up early, around 6:30 a.m., then it's obviously not as bad," Welch
said.That's on a good day.If there's a major accident on I-65, a person riding a stubborn mule could get to work faster.Welch's perception, that it is a longer commute to Nashville because of the interstate's reconstruction, is shared by others who find themselves rising earlier and earlier, or leaving their Nashville jobs later, just to avoid the car crunch.
That's an eternity for someone like George Welch
trusty Toyota pickup truck.In addition to the construction, pesky things like sofas falling out of pick-up trucks or hapless drivers with flat tires can dramatically slow down traffic."One person sees something and touches their brakes.