When my grandson was small, his favorite road trips were those when we encountered heavy equipment construction crews working on the local highways. He called these "road destruction workers." We laughed at his cute misspeak, comfortably assured of the absurdity of public works projects that destroy rather than improve infrastructure.

Moving to the High Desert, I suspect that road destruction workers do exist and they may have removed asphalt from one of our residential streets at the southern edge of Hesperia. Only the north side of the street is paved. Paving stops in the middle. If it were a stream we would say it stops midstream. Although midroad is not a word, I am using it here to help you conceptualize this oddity.

Who would construct a road half-wide by only paving one side? Why provide for westbound traffic but not provide paving for traffic traveling east? Was it intended to be a one-way street? It's not marked as such.

Was eastbound traffic expected to drive in the dirt parallel to, but not using, the pavement? The unpaved portion erodes. The runoff from storms undermines the paved portion midroad. Axels and tires suffer when vehicles get stuck in ruts. Surely, the Risk Management Dept would not intentionally create road obstacles that would cause damage to vehicles.

Motorists share the paved section and to avoid head-on-collisions move toward the curb between the parked cars. This allows the westbound traffic to pass without playing chicken with eastbound traffic. So far, this seems to have worked without incident and without hitting any pedestrians who might also be heading for the open space between the parked cars. It works better during daylight.

Some think the eastbound lane wasn't paved because that portion of the road is in the county and the city only required the builder to pave the westbound lane (which is in the city). How much sense does that make?

Road paving often stops at city or county lines. Some Los Angeles County paved roads morph into dirt roads when they cross into San Bernardino County. This transition always applies to both lanes.

Some folks with more experience than me with the workings of local government tell me that when Bear Valley Road was first paved, only the Victorville half of the road was paved. At that time Hesperia was unincorporated just like the dirty side of our half-street. Perhaps we should look to the county for a solution.

The land on the east side of this road is not owned by San Bernardino County as if it were private property whose owner refuses to give an easement. It is property dedicated to public use as a road. That means everyone can use it, not just those traveling west or living within the city limits. I know this public use concept is understood because I don't see CHP checking IDs to see that the county residents drive in the dirt.

There are many instances when an improvements cross over municipal and county jurisdictions without requiring the improvements to be truncated. The Montclair Sears store was half in the San Bernardino County and half in Los Angeles County. The county line was honored by the store paying two different sales tax rates depending on where the money was geographically collected. Maybe San Bernardino County intends to turn their half of our half-paved road into a toll road.

This half-asphalted road intersects a major north/south road that brings traffic into new residential and commercial sections of Hesperia. The easterly side of that intersection is paved for both east and westbound traffic but the westerly side of the intersection, which ends up as totally dirt, is paved only for traffic coming east.

Are you as confused as me? Someday, a driver who is equally confused by this will come to a screeching halt when the pavement stops abruptly. Hope those following can adjust to the sudden stop.

Surely folks in the city and county planning departments wanted the road to accommodate all traffic safely and would have finished the paving job. It's possible that the road destruction workers do exist and this accounts for the absurdity. Why else would the road be in this condition?