Woman Celebrates One Year Anniversary Of Road Works In Her Street
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Natalie Harvey said her street in Lakeview, New Orleans, has been 'impassable' due to the construction works, but rather than sitting at home absolutely raging, she decided to channel her energies into something a little more positive - and a lot more hilarious.
Harvey even made a replica of the road works in cake form, making a chocolate sponge with peanut butter frosting and topping her creation with Lego people and mini diggers, traffic cones and a 'Road Closed' sign.
Sharing photos on Facebook, she wrote: "Happy first birthday to our street construction! It was one year ago this week when they first began to rip up our street. One year later, half the street is impassable - just last week, we had a massive, 6-foot-deep hole!
"To celebrate, I created a replica of the street scene in cake form: two layers of chocolate sponge with peanut butter frosting. "
Many people commenting to commend Harvey's amusing take on the milestone.
"This is brilliant," one Facebooker wrote.
Someone else said: "Best. Post. Ever."
A third added: "I love this so much. Also, peanuts for gravel? Brilliant."
Speaking to WWL, Harvey said she'd seen a neighbour announce the approaching anniversary on Facebook and decided to take the opportunity to put her baking skills to good use.
She explained: "I make birthday cakes for my kids, I make birthday cakes for my husband and me, so why not make a birthday cake for our street construction?"
Harvey said she received a flyer when the construction started in the neighbourhood, being told the project would last two-to-four weeks.
However, more than a year later, things aren't looking any better.
Ramsey Green, deputy chief administrative officer for infrastructure for the city of New Orleans, says the delay has largely been due to bad weather, environmental problems and the coronavirus pandemic.
Green told WWL: "I myself was out there all morning [16 March] meeting with the Executives of the company and making sure we've got tighter deadlines given how long the project has taken."
Harvey, on the other hand, believes things have taken so long because there's been a lack of consistency in the scheduling, telling WGNO: "The work has definitely picked up in the last couple of weeks. But you never know when it's going to stop and when it's going to start back up again."