"There are two seasons in the North—winter and road construction” is a joke told about many northern cities. “There are two seasons—winter and August (or Fourth of July)” is a similar joke that dates to the 19th century. “They say Manitoba has two seasons: winter and construction” was cited in 1988.
“Minnesota has two seasons: snow construction and road removal” (a spoonerism of “snow removal and road construction") was cited in print in 1996 and has been credited to Minnesota fantasy and science fiction author Steven Brust.
10 August 1988, The Interlake Spectator (Stonewall, Manitoba), ‘Road work in the Interlake” by Lorne Hanks, pg. 14, col. 1:
They say Manitoba has two seasons: winter and construction.
14 April 1989, Daily Herald (Chicago, IL), “A golf course blooms at McCormick’s Cantigny estate” by Bob Gordon, sec. 4, pg. 1, col. 5:
A native of North Carolina, Pete Jones has a unique perspective on Illinois.
“There are two seasons here, winter and construction.”
23 September 1989, The Capital Times (Madison, WI), “Delafield restaurant a delight,” pg. 8, col. 1:
I keep hearing Wisconsin has two seasons—winter and road construction.
14 April 1990, Register Star (Rockford, IL), ‘Tollway repairs create major delays,” pg. 8A, col. 1:
“We have two seasons: winter and road construction,” Cooper said.
Where the Road and the Sky Collide:
America Through the Eyes of Its Drivers
By K. T. Berger
New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, Inc.
“There’s basically two seasons in Minneapolis-St. Paul,” Scott said. “Winter and road construction.”
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Minnesota has two seasons: snow construction and road removal.
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Ah, yes - the variation in Minnesota is:
We only have two seasons - Road Construction and Snow Removal. Or is that Snow Construction and Road Removal?
9 August 1999, Rockford (IL) Register Star, ‘Uncle George clearly one-of-a-kind” by Lucy Miele, pg. 2C, col. 1:
Someone told me Illinois has two seasons...winter and construction. Too true.
The Alaska Highway
By Ed Readicker-Henderson and Lynn Readicker-Henderson
Edison, NJ: Hunter
Remember, there are only two seasons in the North: winter and construction.
By Kimberley White
Washington, DC: Arabesque
She maneuvered a pothole, reciting another local sentiment, “There are only two seasons in Michigan: winter and construction.”
By James R. Coggins
Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press
It was often said of the city’s streets: “Winnipeg has only two seasons—winter and construction.”
The Minnesota Book of Skills:
Your Guide to Smoking Whitefish, Sauna Etiquette, Tick Extraction, and More
By Chris Niskanen
St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press
The popular saying that Minnesota has two seasons, winter and road construction, grew a corollary: ice dam season was the new winter. The heck with road construction.
Minneapolis has two seasons: Road Removal and Snow Repair.
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