But you'd expect people would look forward to the final outcome.
Not so in Suffolk County, where the state is set to embark on a major repaving project on the Long Island Expressway.
Specifically, crews will target a pockmarked, weather-scarred patchwork of westbound asphalt between Exit 64 in Medford and Exit 57 in Hauppauge.
The job will cause a major detour for over a month.
While it's clear the LIE has seen better days, we were hard pressed to find anyone who thought it needed the work.
"I drive a decent amount on the LIE every day and for the most part I haven't hit any potholes," Katie Capria said.
"Spots here and there. More the on-ramps and off-ramps than the actual expressway itself," Jerry Keeley said..
Workers set up barriers in advance of the big job that starts monday night.
Between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., workers will shut the road down altogether, diverting all traffic onto the service road.
It will last six weeks and cost 19.8 million dollars.
The state says 170-thousand people drive this part of the road daily, which means it is spending 116 dollars, 47 cents for every single driver.
"That's a lot of money. I don't think we need it. You know what - make gas cheaper. Take some of the tax off. That would help," Phil Caputo said.