We had a similar test of the snow-fording capability of the Cruze on Tuesday.
Took my mom out to dinner for her birthday to a place about 30 minutes away, but somewhere we've been numerous times, so the area is very familiar to me. A major road with an interchange to I-75.
Well, they're turning that into a diverging diamond, so it is under some heavy construction, which was not present the last time we were there (probably a year and a half ago, at least). Normally it is a divided highway (Michigan, so we have turnarounds every so often - Michigan lefts), but now, due to the construction they have EB switching over to the WB side East of the interchange, and then back over to the EB side after the interchange. On that WB side, you also have WB traffic. Either way, dumps us back onto EB, where the restaurant is, just before the turn into said restaurant.
Well, leaving, I turned right back out onto EB, and then went to make a turnaround back to WB...except the turnaround we've always taken...suddenly, and worse - with no signage - is a crossover from WB onto the EB side, to go WB...while traffic on the WB side was also
going WB. Given it was night, the road was covered in salt, and I had no WB traffic at the moment, to me, that looked like the turnaround I've taken forever...because it used to be.
Until I saw the headlights. I instantly pulled to the right into the temporary island, which was full of the 6-8" of snow we just got the night before. Thankfully, I believe that is actually just the real left lane of the road, blocked off because of the temporary crossover, so there were no curbs. But still...quite a lot of snow. We have winter tires...but this is their seventh season, so I was real worried about getting stuck, because I had to stop - you know, not to get hit by traffic in the lane I should have been in going EB. Where I was at I was just spinning, but was able to back up a few feet, and get going forward and hop back onto the road without issue.
So...whoops...glad there were no cops around, though I'd absolutely have argued about just what in the hell they did there, because what I did was far too easy to do, and neither myself nor my wife saw any signs stating it was suddenly the wrong way.
But what I do know is: the snow tires are fine and we don't need new ones just yet.
What a mess.