(AoftheANews) MADISON – A long-awaited construction project at Our Lady of Lane Closures began on Monday – the widening and resurfacing of the church’s main aisle. Communion will be restricted to one line throughout the project, with traffic shifted to the left side while the right side is worked upon. Lane restriction will be reversed once the right hand side resurfacing is completed.
“The project is expected to be finished by the end of September,” Fr Hiram ‘Hi’ Tachi told AoftheA News. “We’re adding a third communion line to accommodate higher traffic volumes, to help speed up Mass. Construction crews will be working nights and some mornings to avoid interfering with the Masses. There are a couple weddings scheduled during the construction, but I’m confident the brides won’t mind.”
Ushers have been instructed to try and divert traffic to the side aisles, and to be on the lookout for ‘line rage’, especially when parishioners make their way to the exits after receiving Holy Communion.
“It might get dicey, sure. People’s tempers tend to flare up in a construction zone,” Fr Tachi said. “I’m hopeful everyone will be courteous to their fellow parishioners during this time, and exercise patience.”
Most parishioners AoftheA News spoke with understood the need for the construction, and are trying to see the bright side of the ensuing delays.
“It won’t be fun, that’s for sure,” a woman told AoftheA News. “It’ll be worth it once it’s finished, though. Should cut down on my commute by a couple minutes at least.”
“Hey, it’s Wisconsin – we have two seasons,” one man said. “Winter and construction. So what else is new?”
“At least they’re not doing this during Easter or Christmas,” one woman said. “Can you imagine the back ups and problems then, with the higher traffic volumes?”
When construction ends and the last orange traffic cone is hauled away, Mass times are expected to be shortened by up to four minutes.