EDITORIAL: Route 26 project is a must

In what appears to be a stone-cold slam dunk, Route 26 will have a center turning lane, from the Assawoman Canal through Clarksville, in 2010. Yes, there will be a few properties affected by the widening of the road.

No, it’s not an option to continue with the status quo on that road.

In fact, the argument could easily be made that there still is not enough being done to alleviate the problems on Route 26.

The area has changed, and is continuing to do so now. To bury our heads in the sand and hope that things go back to the days where one could easily navigate from inland to the shore in a matter of minutes is absurd. Once again, the area has changed.

Town and county officials have consistently approved building and zoning variances along the road — and throughout the community — for years without ever considering the impact on our infrastructure. Well, now we’re seeing the impact of their decisions, and it’s time to pay the piper.

It’s going to be a hardship on several property owners, and it’s going to be a nuisance of near-epic proportions for motorists while the work is being done. However, that’s just the way it has to be. This is reality, and sometimes it’s tough.

However, when the work is done, and the traffic flow improves the way it has in Bethany since construction was completed there, along the very same road, the entire community will benefit.

Of course, then we’ll wonder why they just didn’t do four lanes during the work on this project.