A nightmare on Johnson Street

Ram Page staff addresses flooding on Johnson Street crosswalk

By Ram Page Staff
On November 30, 2018

Photo by Ian Saint

The last thing students need is soggy shoes distracting them from their academic pursuits.

Johnson Street, which runs directly through ASU, has a high-traffic crosswalk that is heavily susceptible to flooding.

Many students cross this street during their everyday commute and have no alternative routes, leaving them to traverse the flooded crosswalk.

This water has frequently accumulated in vast quantities too wide to jump and too deep to safely walk across.

Although the Ram Page staff understand there are many obstacles that would hinder typical solutions to this problem, we believe something needs to be done about this troubling issue.

The problem is that the city has authority over any changes to Johnson Street, but it seems, due to their inaction, they see the flooding as a situation under ASU’s jurisdiction.

Coincidentally, ASU recognizes this to be the city’s responsibility, leaving both parties at an impasse.

If the university were to tackle this problem alone, any solutions would be temporary as to not impose upon the city’s property.

Outside of ridiculous ideas such as a drawbridge, zip-line system, a plethora of sponges or arming every student with a stick to pole vault the street, ASU is left with only one option.

We believe the time has come for ASU to take initiative and facilitate cooperation with the city of San Angelo.

This partnership could yield the proper plan of action, in regard to timing and implementation, to correct the issue at hand.

To counteract the flooding, the city could upgrade the drainage system or reduce the slant towards the crosswalk by leveling the edges of the street.

ASU would find the time to allow for this uninterrupted construction as well as improve the sidewalk leading to street.

This collaboration would prove beneficial not only to the students traveling on foot, but to the motorists who are also inconvenienced by the pools of water that inhibit their commute.

Let’s push ASU to take the first step.

And make it a dry one.

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