Many things happen under the cover of darkness during Michigan summers. Lightning bug capture. Fireworks. Things Bob Seger sings about.
But our local drivers need to hit the brakes on one particular night move — driving through construction zones.
Monday morning police briefings for several weeks running have contained run-downs of construction zone driving blunders, namely on Eighth Street.
There’s something brave about the night that spurs drivers into testing the sincerity of those cones, warning signs and barriers.
Or perhaps it’s a test of mettle or tires, or driving acuity.
But whatever the test was this weekend, the grade was the same — fail.
This weekend, three drivers found themselves mired in the Eighth Street construction between 2-3:50 a.m.
Were they tourists? One was.
Were they intoxicated? Two were.
But two of the three live in Traverse City, and one local was stone sober.
All three took the garden tour around the detour and ended up stuck in the garden.
Eighth Street is a major east-west thoroughfare for Traverse City, and a popular cut-through for those avoiding downtown traffic.
But remember the road is undergoing extensive work — $4.1 million worth — and is torn up to the point where the excavators uncovered a wooden water main from the 1800s.
But with luck, the road will be put back together again by Nov. 1 — just in time for the plow trucks.
So while summer construction is always inconvenient, always a pain and always appears when you least want it to, or have time for it, don’t be an intrepid construction zone explorer.
Else you may still be there to watch the sunrise.