I drove across the top of the deserted new stretch of the A11 on Saturday and my mind went back to a meeting with former MP Richard Spring.
Mr Spring, the former member for West Suffolk and now Lord Risby, was a tireless campaigner for the upgrading work on that stretch of road. He was a constituency MP par excellence and helped numerous constituents over the years.
Many of the new crop of suits in Westminster could learn a thing or two from the way he engaged with this part of West Suffolk.
He was rightly delighted that the new £100m-plus piece of road was finally up and running and deserves a large chunk of the praise for it finally coming to fruition.
We can but hope the new road brings prosperity, saves lives and makes business a better proposition in our corner of East Anglia.
But why on earth did the scheme take so long to be given the green light?