I’d have no problem making a list of all the positive things that make Walla Walla a great place to live.
But, if I was asked to make a list of negative things about our town, as short as the list would be, I’d certainly put our streets at the top. Let’s face it, they’ve been in deplorable condition for a long time.
It’s no secret that driving around here has been a nightmare. All the holes, ruts and uneven pavement can’t be good for vehicles.
I wonder how many end up needing alignments. I also wonder how many drivers and passengers need alignments. Let’s face it, the streets aren’t spine friendly.
It’s not my intention to bash the city, even though I understand and agree with many of the criticisms being voiced. After all, we’ve been patient for a lot of years.
It’s no secret that frustration is at a high level. It’s difficult to see some streets getting attention when other streets are still badly wounded. It’s not unreasonable to question why thousands of dollars were spent on signs proclaiming potholes are being fixed, when the money could have been used to do more fixing.
Anyway, roadwork is in progress. It may not be progressing as fast as we want it to, but it’s progressing just the same. Detours are annoying, but necessary for the time being. There’s noise and mess. Jarring and jolting continues. Having to be patient isn’t easy, as we all know.
When I find myself feeling annoyed about it all, I think of the wonderful improvements to Orchard Street. Attending the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days this year was more of a pleasure because of the new paving, sidewalks and lighting. The road crew did a great job!
A lot more work needs to be done, and it won’t be a quick process. It probably won’t be a perfect process, either. But the streets are being fixed and that’s what we want. It’s what we need.
I just have one request of the city. Once the streets are fixed, please don’t dig them up again!