Construction completion delayed in downtown Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Construction on one block of South Roan Street in Johnson City will now be done later than expected causing businesses to rethink the cost of revitalization.

When construction began on the 400 block of the major thoroughfare the city said a major part of the project would we finished a week ago, but Monday we found that's not the case and it's causing confusion for customers.

Justin Page owns Ink Revolution Studios on South Roan Street. He tells News 5 that fewer customers are coming in the store since construction started at his front door.

"Just the whole thing being fenced off and everything going on has kind of deterred people from this area," said Justin Page.

It all started in early September when the city of Johnson City announced a major utilities upgrade for the block that would be finished October 21st.

We asked the Washington County Economic Development Council Director Shannon Castillo what happened.

"All of these underground utilities had various in different entities and it took a lot longer than they thought. The water main break was huge set back," said Shannon Castillo. 

The break happened in September when utility managers say a contractor dropped a steel plate used to cover a trench hitting a 12 inch water main.

But the project isn't finished yet, Monday crews were scheduled to started on another project.

"Now public works crews are commencing work with plans to sidewalks and the curbs and redo the streets, so now that work is going to take an additional four to five weeks," said Mike Arsenault of Johnson City Public Works.

That's nearly three months of construction, that has this one- year-old business on pins and needles.

"The whole revitalization of downtown the area, myself as well as other downtown business owners hope and and want [it]. The more that we can bring people down here the better it is for the community and everybody," said Pape.

 Public works tells News 5 that entire project should be complete just before Thanksgiving.

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