Larry G. Cheek
To the editor:
I think Mr. (Luke) Mastin, Johnson County Highway Department director, and the other appropriate county officials need to take a hard look at spending some money on a much more dangerous situation.
The road that was formally known as Simon Road and is now North County Road 100 East, which leads directly south from Franklin Community High School’s main entrance and runs a short distance down to East County Road 175 North and on out to U.S. 31.
I suspect it is the worst section of roadway in Johnson County and certainly one of the most dangerous, and it is used by dozens if not hundreds of students, parents, teachers and buses every day.
If Commerce Drive is not worthy of being the direct link to the high school, why was it built that way? If it was not designed to handle an 8 percent increase in traffic, who was in charge? We all knew the school was there, didn’t we? This is as dumb as building Westview Drive over two creeks with no pedestrian walkways and no lighting over the bridge areas — shortsighted bureaucrats strike again.
I think the county is waiting for the city of Franklin to annex the area, and I don’t think they will do that until a developer takes substantial steps toward developing the Cumberland Drive area as originally intended, and I don’t see this happening in the foreseeable future.
Therefore, I suggest the county do something with this mess before we have a head-on and kill someone. I discussed this exact situation with the last county highway director before he escaped a couple of years ago. He said the county didn’t have the money to do anything with it. Now we suddenly can afford to fix a perfectly good six-year-old roadway like Commerce Drive (200 North) west of U.S. 31?