The internet is a terrific resource for checking for the possibility of road construction across the kilometers of brevets and permanents we randonneurs cover annually, but success often depends on the region's resources: finding a good public works website for Jackson County, MO. will be much easier than finding the same for, say, Brown County, KS. Often times, one simply has to roll the dice and deal with whatever happens out there.
Remember, if construction surprises you while on a ride, take heart - give your ride organizer a phone call, talk it out. Most times, the signed detour will be the right choice; other times it may add too many 'bonus' miles and threaten a control time window. Never discount gravel: a couple rough miles may be worth the time saved! Remember to stop, relax, and smile - it's just another one of those randonneuring tests of our resourcefulness. Get back on the route, and enjoy.
For KCUC permanents, a few known construction sites include:
- Renner Road closed btwn 87th and 79th. Affecting Princeton Roundabout, WMGM. Detour via adjacent neighborhood roads connects riders to 87th street west of Renner with little/no affect on mileage.
- (More as we hear of them)
Stay safe; ride lots!