OUR VIEW: Be patient with road constructionCount us among those who may grow impatient with new construction that is beginning to spring up on some of Mitchell’s busier streets.
By: Editorial board, The Daily Republic
Count us among those who may grow impatient with new construction that is beginning to spring up on some of Mitchell’s busier streets.
Just when we thought things were improving — and construction projects were ending — we see that other projects are just getting under way.
But while we admit that it sometimes isn’t easy to remain patient with such projects, we still understand that these projects need to happen for the sake of community betterment and, more important, safety itself.
Monday, work began at the intersection of Rowley Street and Havens Avenue. We knew it was coming, but to tell the truth, we rather forgot about it in the months since it was announced.
This is a busy intersection, and it quickly has become one of the city’s most dangerous. During a recent five-year span, there were 23 accidents on that corner, including nine that caused injury.
Crews this week have begun work to better align that corner, and we think that will help. Traffic lights will help, too.
But in the meantime, Rowley will be closed from Havens Avenue to Milan Avenue as workers complete the task.
Road construction is a bummer. It causes delays and detours. But it’s also necessary, and a few weeks of work today can mean better roads and fewer accidents tomorrow.
We’re human. We don’t like dealing with road construction’s aggravations.
Yet we know it’s necessary, so we ask readers to show patience with the many projects under way in the city.