Construction crew apologizes for traffic jam

A work crew in rural east Tennessee posted a sign Thursday apologizing to motorists for a 30-minute traffic jam during morning rush hour on Wednesday.

Sidewalk work in Kingsport, Tenn., caused the closure of one lane on a main roadway and backed up traffic for a mile. Several irritated drivers called or e-mailed City Hall with complaints.

“They [the crew] feel genuinely bad,” Dave Ruller, public works director, told the Associated Press. “It was just an honest mistake.”

The city gave the construction crew the option of posting the apology on a big red sign. “Sorry for Wed traffic delay” it read.

Construction scheduled during rush hour wasn’t on the workers’ radar screen as a problem, Ruller said.

Olivia Grider