West Knox County homeowner getting help from county with unfinis

West Knox County homeowner getting help from county with unfinished yard after road project

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People living along a stretch of Dutchtown Road knew their property was going to look completely different once the road was widened. One lady didn't expect it would be so difficult to bring her yard back to life. People living along a stretch of Dutchtown Road knew their property was going to look completely different once the road was widened. One lady didn't expect it would be so difficult to bring her yard back to life.
While the county provided a new driveway to the home and laid sod along the driveway, Betty Pugh says her yard looks awful. While the county provided a new driveway to the home and laid sod along the driveway, Betty Pugh says her yard looks awful.
At one time, the weeds now infesting her yard didn't exist, but there is no way she can beat them back by herself. At one time, the weeds now infesting her yard didn't exist, but there is no way she can beat them back by herself.
At the top of her driveway, Pugh's neighbor Charlie Joiner is concerned she could drive off the thing. From the edge of the driveway, there's a steep drop-off. At the top of her driveway, Pugh's neighbor Charlie Joiner is concerned she could drive off the thing. From the edge of the driveway, there's a steep drop-off.
Pugh says she's ashamed of the way her yard looks. Pugh says she's ashamed of the way her yard looks.

By DON DARE
6 On Your Side Consumer Investigator

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Across Knox County, the engineering department has been busy recently with several projects as they widen or reconfigure major roadways.

People living along a stretch of Dutchtown Road knew their property was going to look completely different once the road was widened. One lady didn't expect it would be so difficult to bring her yard back to life.

For more than 50 years, Betty Pugh has been trimming the shrubs around her home in West Knoxville. Pugh says her yard used to be beautifully manicured, but with the widening of Dutchtown Road about 40 feet from her front door, her yard is now nearly four feet below the original ground level.

While the county provided a new driveway to the home and laid sod along the driveway, Pugh says her yard looks awful.

Sod goes up alongside her driveway, but erosion has taken place where erosion matting was supposed to be placed. Pugh says the county was supposed to put it in, but they never came back to do it.

Pugh says she's ashamed of the way her yard looks. 

"This drop off is greater than the space under my lawn mower," she said. "As you see, I haven't used it where it won't go. It's useless here the full length of the driveway. I don't want to look at weeds."

At one time, the weeds now infesting her yard didn't exist, but there is no way she can beat them back by herself.


"My time is very limited," Pugh said. "I want it finished."

At the end of her driveway, the county built a turn-around where they laid tiny stones called pea gravel. Pugh showed us where the water ponds as it flows down the driveway whenever it rains.

"Oh, all in there and over here. It gets very wet when it rains," she said.

At the top of her driveway, Pugh's neighbor Charlie Joiner is concerned she could drive off the thing. From the edge of the driveway, there's a steep drop-off.

"If she gets the wheels of her car off, it's going to roll," Joiner said.

"It is something that we should have done a better job with, I don't dispute that. But I assure you when we leave this time, it will be done accurately," said Jim Snowden, deputy director of Knox County's Public Works Department.

We asked Snowden to look at the property. He's ordered a crew to return to the property and make some fixes. 

"We're going to re-grade all this, take all these weeds and vegetation out. Get the roots out so none of the weeks remain. Bring in real good top soil then put an erosion mat down," he said.

Soil will be brought in to fix the driveway as well.

"It essentially will be level with this driveway so there is no drop off like you see here," said Snowden.

Pugh is pleased with the county's response and looks forward to having her yard back in shape. Repairs to her yard will begin the week of July 7.

It should take several days for the fix to be made, and of course several more weeks for it look pretty again like she wants it.

Knox County's Engineering and Public Works Department is pretty responsive once issues are brought to their attention.

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