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Dumbest Road Construction Fails Ever

Road Construction Doesn’t Have To Be This Complicated, Does It?

Updated November 17, 2018

In the words of Monthy Python – always look on the bright side of life. Instead of getting mad, you should laugh when you see stupid things on the road, regardless of how dumb they might be. With the development of smartphones with cameras the world might not have become a better place, but certainly a funnier.

#19. Stop Light Hidden Behind an Overpass

#19. Stop Light Hidden Behind an Overpass

Who, in their right mind, would conceal a stop light behind an overpass? Still, this might not be the fault of those who placed the stop light there, but of those who constructed the overpass. In both cases, this is a funny little mistake with a disastrous potential.

#18. Paving over the Shovel

#18. Paving over the Shovel

Admit it – you would’ve done the same if you accidentally dropped a shovel into wet concrete. The problem is, these guys didn’t hide the evidence the right way, so a photograph of their crafty workmanship became viral on the internet.

#17. 30-Foot Pole in the Middle of a Parking Lot

#17. 30-Foot Pole in the Middle of a Parking Lot

This is wrong on so many different levels. Not only is the 30-foot pole positioned in a rather awkward part of the parking spot, but those who did the painting job pained an arrow pointing a car straight at it.

#16. Buried Construction Worker

#16. Buried Construction Worker

You must admit it, this prank really is funny. But, imagine now that you’re driving along the highway at high speed when you suddenly notice a pair of shoes sticking out the road. It wouldn’t be a pleasant sight.

#15. Lumber Used for Bridge Support

#15. Lumber Used for Bridge Support

We hope this was a prank as well, however, the more we think about that, the more we doubt it. The photograph shows a small bridge above the road, under which a pile of lumber is placed in order to support it. The worst thing about it is that we think the bridge is used for trains.

#14. Trains Passing the Main Street

#14. Trains Passing the Main Street

Trains, cars and pedestrians are not a good combination, especially not in the freaking town center. That’s something town planners of La Grange, Kentucky didn’t realize. Even today, you can see trains passing the main street, which makes it one of two such cities in USA. The other one is Oakland, California.

#13. Tyalor Street Sign Fail

#13. Tyalor Street Sign Fail

We’re staying in America for the next road construction fail. This time, the city in question is San Francisco. We can’t help but find it funny that the tech capital of the USA had problems with spelling. This photo shows a misspelled street sight, which says “Tyalor” instead of “Taylor”.

#12. Train Tracks and Firefighters

#12. Train Tracks and Firefighters

Recently, a funny photo became viral. It shows a group of firemen using a train track to keep the hose from moving. They probably didn’t realize a train could come over it at any point. Or, maybe, they were just being brave?

#11. Utility Poll versus Rail Track

#11. Utility Poll versus Rail Track

This photograph seems to be dating back to the ante-WWII years, but still, we can’t forget some foolish things. In this case, we don’t know really whom to blame. We’re the dumb ones, those who set the poll in the middle of a rail track or perhaps it’s all fault of the railway company. In both cases, the photo shows that “epic fails” have been around since always.

#10. Disastrous Parking Lot Design

#10. Disastrous Parking Lot Design

If you needed a good example of what a bad parking lot was, here it is. We can’t figure out why someone would make a sidewalk going straight through a parking lot, thus reducing its capacity by a double.

#9. Train Taxi

#9. Train Taxi

We still have to decide whether the one who came up with this concept is a dummy or a total genius. The photograph shows a yellow station wagon mounted onto rail tracks. It seems that nothing can stop the train-taxi from making a lot of money. Except maybe a 30-ton freight train…

#8. Utterly Useless Restricted Access Ramp

#8. Utterly Useless Restricted Access Ramp

It looks like plans changed during the construction of this parking lot, so that a restricted access ramp ended up in a wrong place. By wrong place, we mean the middle of the parking lot. It would be cosmic justice if the parking lot designers had to stop at the ramp every day.

#7. Nasty Bridge Gap

#7. Nasty Bridge Gap

 

This photo of a gap between two sides of a bridge shows what might be the biggest engineering failure in human history. It’s either that or an elaborate hoax, as this photograph does seem a bit fishy.

#6. Overgrown Safety Island

#6. Overgrown Safety Island

By definition, a safety island is meant to provide pedestrians with a safe area in the middle of a large crossroad, where they can rest and wait for vehicles to pass in order to come across safely. None of this is the case with the crossroad from the photo. The safety island is overgrown with plants, meaning that pedestrians have to walk around it and onto the road.

#5. Vehicle Barrier Fail

#5. Vehicle Barrier Fail

The whole purpose of the bicycle paths is that no other vehicles are allowed. Some car drivers are not down with that, so sometimes vehicle barriers need to be installed. The trick is, they must not block the road for cyclists. The photograph shows a set of barriers placed in the middle of the bike track, blocking the way both for the cars and for the cyclists.

#4. Right Turn Only Sing in a Left Turn

#4. Right Turn Only Sing in a Left Turn

“Was it my right or yours?” – guess this was the question the construction workers who did this job asked themselves. Obviously, the mistake is huge and needs to be fixed, but we believe there aren’t people who’d turn right in this case. Or are there?

#3. Dead Raccoon Paint Job

#3. Dead Raccoon Paint Job

How lazy you have to be not to remove a dead raccoon from the road when painting the road lines? The one who painted over the raccoon carcass could’ve just chucked the dead animal aside and continue the work. Instead, they left it there and made history because today, this photograph is one of the most popular examples of road construction fails.

#2. Epic Wet Cement Fail

#2. Epic Wet Cement Fail

We can’t help but feel sorry for this guy. He probably worked the whole day on this road, only to ruin the whole thing by driving his truck over the wet cement. The photograph shows his truck in the middle of the road, after he drove it quite a bit. We don’t know for sure, but can assume that he stopped only because his truck got stuck in the cement.

#1. Shcool Fail

#1. Shcool Fail

It seems this guy didn’t learn much in school, which is why he spelt it “shcool”. Or, perhaps, he did it on purpose. Either way, his little mistake made us laugh.

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