Commentary: A Distinct Improvement in the Life of ElizabethtownAug 18th, 2011 | By Sanjay Paul | Category: Features, Front Page
The traffic project at High Street and Market Street was a marvel of
speed and efficiency. Couple of days ago, as I navigated a left turn
from High on to West Market Street in the morning, I noted that the
traffic lights were switched off, road workers were waving cars
through, and the work of adding left-turn lanes on both sides of High
Street had just begun.
“Ah,” I thought, “how many days will this this last? Should I seek an
alternative route? Would my next conversation with the EJ editors
revolve around the work ethic of state transportation workers?”
But lo and behold, when I returned to the intersection later that
evening, the road crew was gone, the traffic lights were functioning,
and best of all–High Street sported freshly painted left-turn lanes!
This is truly a significant achievement. Not perhaps on the scale of
landing a man on the moon, or getting a PLCB liquor kiosk to work
properly, but notable nonetheless. The project was completed in a
single day, traffic disruption was minimal, and now the EJ staffer on
his way to check out stories of alien landings can make left turns on
to Market with greater ease. These are the small things in life–a few
weeks from now, no one will recall the grimness with which one used to
make left turns at the intersection–but such are the things that
improve the quality of life in Elizabethtown, however imperceptibly.