Could be worse (and usually is)

Crawley and Horley Observer
The Highways Agency has pledged to complete three major roadworks schemes in the Crawley area in time for Christmas and the New Year. Stabilisation work on one and a half miles of embankment slopes on the M23 at Junction 8 will be completed, as will thirteen miles of resurfacing work on the A23 and one mile of barrier replacement work on the M23. In addition, eleven miles of roadworks at the A23 widening scheme at Handcross will be lifted for Christmas and New Year .. more lanes will be open and many of the associated speed restrictions will be lifted.