Roadwork ahead, just be patient

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 29, 2004

Be patient. The roadwork will come to an end.

Trust us.

We feel your pain driving along East Three Notch Street in Andalusia, and along US Hwy. 84 between Andalusia and Opp. We've experienced the inconveniences just as frequently as you have.

We understand the aggravation factor. But, we also understand it's all in the name of progress.

And progress is a wonderful thing when done properly.

That progress is being done properly in Covington County. Our roads are being modernized and expanded to accommodate the growing needs of our citizenry. They're also being modernized to accommodate any growth that might come in industry or population.

We're glad there are people who believe in our county and it's potential for growth, and saw the need to go ahead and update our highways and byways.

Don't mistake our optimistic approach to the construction for blindness. We know that the US 84 project is part of a statewide project for four-laning the heavily traveled roadway from the Georgia state line to the Mississippi state line. That's part of an overall project to four-lane the highway in entirety to provide an alternative to the heavily congested Interstate 10.

But isn't it nice to know that someone had the foresight to propose that project?

When we think about what could come from the roadwork - while sitting at endless flagman stops - our minds wander to the boom in business that will surely follow. The increase in job opportunities. The increase in population base. The increase in tax revenues. The smooth rides that are on their way.

Yes, we feel your pain on the roadwork, but we hold out the hope of the good things to come. You should too.

Instead of sitting in traffic yelling at the top of your lungs to 'Move It!," you should be thinking of the good things to come.

It will all work itself out in the end.