News From Terre Haute, Indiana


January 4, 2014

READERS' FORUM: Jan. 5, 2014

How to avoid an obstacle course

This is an open letter to INDOT (Indiana Department of Transportation; state highway department):

You have created a very successful obstacle course just west of West Terre Haute on U.S. 40. However, I want you to know that although we have had to drive it very slowly to get through all of your traps without having to take our vehicles to the garages and spend money that we don’t have, we are working on figuring out how to accomplish our mission through this treacherous terrain without losing hubcaps, getting flat tires, bending tie rods and breaking axles or just plain leaving the course.

I want everyone to know that I have found the solution, at least until they add more obstacles. To all of my friends and residents who play this game to make more tax money to spend “who knows where, but not here,” to those who daily trek this same obstacle course, here it is. If you drive with your right tire in the right lane beginning at the top of the hill in the eastbound lane, and carefully, and occasionally, move just to the right of that white line in the right lane until you get to the bridge which is located just west of West T, you will successfully whip this course every time.

You must move back to the right lane before you reach the bridge. If not, this could end the obstacle course for you and you will not be able to do it again. The only problem I foresee you having is if your vehicle is bigger than mine, then this will obviously not work for you. I am sorry. You are on your own.

I must warn all participants, though, if you get too far to the right of the white line, you will go over the embankment and depending on your skills to take that course, the damage will be determined on a different dimension evaluation. This will depend on too many variables, so the estimates cannot be made beforehand. I suggest you do not risk it.

If you try it on the left lane, it will not work. You definitely have to move left of the white line and therefore you will always end up in the median and if you do not navigate safely back to the left lane of this obstacle course and risk the damage you will eventually make a new course down the middle of the median.

Caution, if everyone does this, we will eventually have head-on collisions with on-coming traffic that is beginning to see the same developments in the westbound lane. This is not good for anyone.

Please understand that I am not responsible for anyone attempting to use these directions, as I am only trying to give information that would help this community to conquer this conquest so we can keep doing our part to provide for those who cannot give us back what our promised tax dollars were meant to produce for us.

Good luck, and may your journey be victorious.

— Dennis Leek, West Terre Haute

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