King Springs Road in Johnson City has been closed since heavy rain in January caused a portion of the highway to crumble into nearby Sinking Creek. Residents who live in the area are asking: “When will the barricades be removed and the road reopened?”
As Glenda Broyles puts it in her letter in Forum today: “Don’t you think that six months is long enough to get a road fixed?”
That was the question Press staff writer Gary B. Gray put to a Johnson City official earlier this month. The answer he received was surprisingly blunt.
“We were trying to figure out how to go about fixing it,” Assistant Public Works Director Mike Arsenault told the Press. “In a nutshell, I suppose we just didn’t push it hard enough. It’s true. It’s taken a long time.”
Apologies are nice, but owning up to one’s responsibilities is even better. That is why we were pleased to see city commissioners recently approve a $212,000 bid to repair the damaged section of King Springs Road. The work might take some time, but at least the city is finally addressing the problem.
It shouldn’t, however, have taken six months before something was done on this repair. We hope in the future city officials will be more inclined to “push” other such matters “hard enough.”
The reputation of the entire city government is at stake.