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Those Six Little “P’s”

They may be a mouthful, and some folks probably or perhaps can even add a few more, but for the purposes of this article the six primary “P’s” will do; Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. I’d say this one is pretty universally agreed upon and I’m sure that anyone who has a degree from the school of hard knocks can attest to its accuracy.

Last week I wrote about the growing traffic in our community and last night at the City Commission meeting we got to witness firsthand our elected officials taking even more steps in the planning process to insure proper performance in the future. I’m referring to the action they took to fund the improvement of current and planning of the future traffic signaling in and around the Providence area. Also included in the planning process are steps to re-stripe the roadway mitigate the lane switching and maximize the traffic flow. I think it’s fair to say that at the meeting all agreed there is room for improvement in how the signals talk to each other and that we need to find ways to improve the movement of cars in that area of town. I personally found it refreshing to not only hear of such planning, but also the financial support behind such projects. An argument can be made that this could have all been taken care of in the beginning with a proper plan. Maybe that’s so, but maybe it’s not so. That’s a different debate for another time and place.

I know how hard it is to get a stoplight put up even when it seems so obvious to the general public; remember us waiting, pleading, and even petitioning TDOT many years ago to get the one at MJ Road and Charlie Daniels Parkway? Who really thinks that TDOT would have let us put in 6 or 8 stoplights all at one time before anything at all was developed in the Providence area simply because we wanted to plan ahead? Fast forward to today. The picture is clearer now. We have a track record and most agree that we are not slowing down anytime soon. There is still time to tweak what we have while simultaneously preparing for even more growth and traffic coming down the road…literally.

Kudos to our Public Works Director and City Engineer Marlin Keel and the entire team at City Hall for taking the step necessary to keep us ahead of the curve. Thanks as well to our City Leaders for funding this project. Add this action taken to that of planning ahead for growth at our new Police Station and City Fire Department, and it’s obvious that planning is taking place. Such planning and preparation is not cheap, it’s often not politically popular, and it is sometimes overwhelming I’m sure. Who knows what obstacles will pop up down the road? Whatever they may be, it’s good to know that we have a plan in place and we are working our plan. As for you; I hope you will plan to see me right here next week! Follow Mark on Twitter @MJChamber #mjchamber or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and visit 24/7 at

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