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Neighbor speaks out about pothole city fails to fix

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Updated: 8/21/2013 7:50 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A barricade had been dangerously obstructing traffic so long in the middle of Oak Street in Riverside, it has grown its own vegetation.

But nearby business owner Drew Johnson says he's been calling the city about the pothole since December.

"I've tried to be proactive about it but it's taken a bit too long," he said.

Johnson showed Action News multiple emails he sent to the mayor's office that date back to March 18, and emails to JEA since June.

So after months of frustration Johnson decided to take matters into his own hands. He slapped this sign on the barricade:

"THIS POTHOLES BEEN HERE ALMOST ONE YEAR! BUT WE ARE PUTTING A POOL IN THE STADIUM?"

"We could talk about all the wasteful things all day long that are going on with the city," he said.

Action News reached out to the city for answers.

They said they had only heard about the problem in July. Johnson's emails prove otherwise.

Johnson says he just doesn't understand why such a small hole in the ground is such a big problem to fix.

"Why? It's like a one-hour job," he said.

Action News saw a JEA worker come out to the site, but it was only to change out the barricade.

The mayor's office says they are making plans and hope to have the hole patched up in about two weeks.

"They will be fixed next week, thanks to you," said Johnson.

If you have a pothole that needs to be fixed call 630-CITY.
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