Frustrated Brit rejects 10-month construction timeline, fixes major detour himself. Genius!

The journey from Bath to Bristol has been 14 miles longer since a February landslide took out a section of the shortest route connecting the two English cities…

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Mike Watts was one of those frustrated people whose commute between the two cities was up to an hour longer than normal thanks to the washout. Watts was commiserating over the situation at a local pub one night when the man who owned land adjacent to the road mentioned that people with 4×4 vehicles were using his field as a much shorter detour around the work zone.

With construction on the road lasting until at least December, Watts struck a deal with landowner John Dinham to spend his own money to construct a toll road on Dinham’s land. Two months later, crews were building a gravel road less than 400 yards long around the washed out highway…

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Rather than force drivers to turn around, signs now direct traffic to take Britain’s first private toll road in 100 years…

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Once construction began, the gravel road took just 10 days to complete…

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Watts’ road will be returned to pasture as soon as the main highway is finished, but until then, he’s confident his $250,000 investment will pay for itself…

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The innovative businessman provides a brief tour and overview of his ambitious project in this interview…

(via The Guardian, Mirror, Daily Mail)

Watts’ toll road is proof that if you set your mind to it, no obstacle — even the giant obstacle of government bureaucracy — can stop you from creating a more efficient solution to a significant problem.

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One response to “Frustrated Brit rejects 10-month construction timeline, fixes major detour himself. Genius!”

  1. Martin says:

    Build it and they will come…

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