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Indiana Toll Road construction

Construction taking place on the Indiana Toll Road last month at the Portage toll plaza. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said the United States needs to spend more on infrastructure.

Many in the Region rightly call for better road and bridge conditions, realizing the vital importance of this infrastructure to all aspects of our economy and lifestyles.

But it's easy for some of those same calls to morph into agitated impatience in the heart of the summer road construction season.

We all need to take a deep breath, remember the crucial nature of these roadway projects, and plan our travels and commutes with a bit more preparation.

We also should be mindful of the safety of construction workers, ourselves and passengers and other drivers and slow down in construction zones.

It's difficult to drive anywhere in our Region, state or the greater Chicago area right now without experiencing slowed traffic because of construction.

From interstates to state highways and side streets, crews are working to improve, update and construct anew the roadways we rely upon daily.

Passing on the shoulder, speeding through work sites, laying on the horn or weaving in traffic only contribute to an already challenging situation.

Consider leaving 10 minutes — or more — earlier if your work or recreational route passes through an area of construction.

Summer construction is here to stay, and it's needed. It's time for all of us to do our part to weather the season while remaining civil and mindful of others working or driving along the routes.

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Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Editor Marc Chase, Deputy Editor Kerry Erickson, Assistant Local News Editor Crista Zivanovic and Regional News Editor Sharon Ross.