No one ever said building roads was supposed to be easy. The Romans built them straight and without trouble, but that likely had more to do with the might of an authoritarian empire. For the I-49 South Connector, it’s hard to see how Caesar Augustus himself could have laid this one down without rousing civic ire. Maybe this would be a project better built by Constantine. After all, the stipulations, stakeholders, arrangements and mixed messaging make this a positively Byzantine proposition.