Temporary struggles will lead to success

There was a time, not so long ago, when our editor broke out the crystal ball each year and made a list of predictions he was sure would come true in the community over the next 12 months. It was fun, somewhat informed and contained some pretty believable prognostications.

But none of them ever happened as he predicted.

So, we stopped that feature, both to prevent us from the embarrassment of publishing them, and to save him from himself. With that being said, we do have one prediction for 2015 that we’d like to share, and we also ask you for your support in helping make it happen in a way that benefits all of us.

To start with, here’s the prediction: By Memorial Day weekend of this year, the traffic congestion along Route 26 will be decreased significantly. The work that has been done up to this point shows us already how the extra turn lane will benefit traffic flow along the busy road, and the seemingly-orderly way planners are going about their work suggest that this will continue piece by piece. Simply having a lane for people to turn from at major intersections will be a major boost to keeping traffic steadily moving up and down the road.

In a related effect of this, we believe this will greatly benefit those retail and restaurant businesses along Route 26, as people will stop trying to avoid the summer gridlock associated with the road, and start enjoying all that there is available.

Now comes your part.

The next few months are going to be a stress on many of these businesses, as traffic detours will take people away from their stores, even though local traffic will be permitted. Support these places as they face these struggles, and we will all benefit when the project is complete and these places prosper again. It will take all of us.