If you've been reading along you know that Allegan is small (5,000ish people) and that I live right smack in the middle of the city.
What you don't know unless you live here or travel through Allegan on your way elsewhere is that there's no way to get around the town. Well, that's not entirely true. You can get around it but you have to know what you're doing. It's not something a newbie should ever try.
So let's all get out our Michigan maps and take a look, eh? Got 'em? Ok. See how Allegan is north of Kalamazoo and south of Grand Rapids? Notice how Holland is north west of town, too. If you're coming from Kazoo and want to go to Holland you need to drive through Allegan - the most direct route.
I'm directionally challenged so that's the last example from me. You'll need to trust me on this when I tell you the whole world passes through town on their way to someplace else. Particularly the trucks.
I mentioned that I live in the middle of town. I wasn't kidding. I'm exactly one block over from the big intersection where all roads meet. Also, my house is at the bottom of a big, friggin' hill.
Let's talk trucks. I don't mean pickups or bread trucks. I want to tell you about the big ass semis. The vibration they make shakes my house. I can't really say the noise bothers me because I'm used to it. But the number of trucks that haul through that intersection on a daily basis is astounding.
I don't have anything against trucks and their drivers. They are the backbone of this country - along with farmers and teachers. I just wish there was an alternate route.
Why don't we have a bypass, you ask? Yeah, why don't we have a bypass? Study after study after study has been taken and still - no bypass.
I have a neighbor, Owen, who used to drive truck and he said, from his experience, there's no way any trucker in his right mind would choose to drive through this town if they had an alternate route. They have to lose time with the stop lights (ok, there's only two but still) and the turns. I'm sure they'd prefer to keep the "pedal to the metal" and arrive at their destination sooner.
Do I think Allegan will see a bypass in my lifetime? Oh, hell, no.
Would I move off my block if I had the opportunity? Had enough of the rhetorical questions yet? I love where I live but, yeah, maybe.