Our opinion: Paving patience

It took a long, fearsome winter to wreck roads in and around Warren; it’s going to take weeks to repair the damage to many of them.

Over the past few weeks, and for the next few weeks, your regular driving patterns will be interrupted or altered by flaggers, pavers and rollers. And, while all of this construction comes with a significant monetary cost, the inconvenience is a small price to pay for ameliorating areas of roads and streets that just a few months ago could pass for a moonscape.

We’d like to stick our neck out and offer up a slogan that could be added to those “Road Work Ahead” signs: “Paving Patience, Please.”

Laying hot macadam over a roadway already heated by sun and 80-degree temperatures is grueling work, and the people doing it shouldn’t have to worry about whether they are going to get hit by a passing car, operated by someone who has simply ignored the flagger. And the flagger, who is charged with keeping traffic moving as well as possible under the circumstances, doesn’t need grief from a driver who is in a hurry and feels inconvenienced.

It will all be over soon, and memories of those jarring encounters with potholes will soon fade.

In the meantime, keep in mind that a little inconvenience now means a lot better driving for a long time.