The stretch of Idaho Street, south of Imperial Highway, is usually a pleasant drive. The road drops out of the Coyote Hills, passing upscale homes, a park and a golf course. La Habra spreads out ahead of you, with the Puente Hills and beyond them the San Gabriel Mountains providing the perfect backdrop. The traffic is light, the scenery is pleasant.
Except for last Saturday.
Idaho was being repaved. I was there from about four till a little after five in the evening. The sun was low, the air smelled like asphalt, traffic was backed up, and tempers were rising. Only one lane (instead of two) was open in each direction, but even that was periodically closed by heavy equipment. Cars weren’t moving at all.