The only things certain in life are death and taxes—and, if you live in Merrimac, roadwork.

The roadwork in Merrimac has been going on for a couple of months, and the end doesn’t seem in sight. Church Street was demolished and only recently was repaved. However, as if to discourage the residence of Merrmiac, the very same day, more pavement in the center of town was torn apart.

There are potholes. There is gravel. There is dust and seemingly countless men standing around, looking at the potholes they created.

As of printing this article, there are two giant islands of concrete in the center of town, a good foot higher than the surrounding gravel. The Town Market is now almost impossible to access. The lunacy of the situation is slowly growing—how are they going to put in a rotary? Dear God.

Fellow Pentucket Regional High School students living in Merrimac certainly seem upset over the roadwork.

Senior Tia Pittounicos says that she thinks that the times workers do construction are “awful… I get that they don’t want to do it at five o’clock at night, when everyone’s coming home, but don’t do it at seven in the morning when everyone’s trying to go to school!”

Indeed, the biggest complaint is the difficultly moving through the town center.

Senor Mike Sullivan says, “It’s annoying: I can’t go more than five miles-per-hour. It takes twenty minutes to get from my house to the town square.”

Senior Hailey Pratt has says she has “no other way to my work besides the highway, so generally I’ll take that way even though it’s a pain because it’s the only way to my work.” She thinks they should find a better solution to redirect traffic for those who need to cross the center.

Cars have to crawl to a near standstill to maneuver themselves through the center of town, which now sports three islands of concrete.

Junior Nathaniel Melone notes that the construction “pollutes a lot, too, because it causes a lot of dust. It’s annoying because it’s not necessary because we don’t need a rotary.”

Overall, students seem dissatisfied with the quality of roadwork Merrimac is funding. The pace of construction is almost non-existent, and many of the updates seem unneeded.

Maybe Merrimac should fund their plows so that Merrimac can afford to have sidewalks in the winter before it sinks all its money into a useless rotary during the spring.