A lot of improvements are under way in our city, and while we have mentioned them before, they are worth mentioning again.
If you haven't driven on 6th Street, past the site of the new Madera County Courthouse now under construction, you should do so. The skyline above the building site changes daily, and it doesn't take much of an imagination to realize that this will be stunning building, one which will serve the citizens of Madera County after most of us have gone to that big judgment in the sky.
As the old granite courthouse in the next block north, on Yosemite Avenue, now a museum, has been a centerpiece of the city, this new courthouse will, too. It will be a modern building, of course, not along the lines of the old courthouse, but gradually it will become the city's new centerpiece.
The City Council and the Madera Redevelopment Agency (before it was disbanded by the governor) worked hard to secure that site for the courthouse, as did the county's judges.
The state Administrative Office of the Courts, overseeing the construction has kept its promise to the city that once construction started, it would move along as quickly as possible.
Not far from the new courthouse, improvements on State Route 99 are in progress, and it won't be long before we are enjoying a new road surface with three lanes in each direction instead of two.
That will make travel on 99 safer and more comfortable.
On Friday, groundbreaking will take place in Fresno for another section of the freeway set for improvement, front Grant Avenue to Avenue 7 in Madera County. Wider, smoother, safer — can't have too much of that.
And finally, the 4th Street reconstruction is starting to take shape, and we now can see how it will look east of the railroad track. Before long, that will be another great improvement.
We are a lucky city.