UPDATE: August 19, 7:25 p.m.
Thanks to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, Molly Cooper of the Mayor’s staff, City Council Dist. 7 representative Chris Anderson, and TDOT for reading my blog and starting the clean-up process along Highway 27. Progress is being made, as you can see here:
ORIGINAL STORY: August 15: For the past several weeks (since June) I’ve tweeted regularly about the jungle-like conditions in the Highway 27 median in downtown Chattanooga. I’ve called the Tennessee Department of Transportation, more than once. As you can see, I have zero clout. Maybe you can help. Here’s another non-scenic view:
I’m told by various sources that TDOT uses contractors to maintain the growth along our highways. I’ve even read stories that when contractors get behind in their work, they are forced to pay fines. On this Friday afternoon, I’m unable to find out much more than that. I’ve been told that contractors are usually scheduled to cut the weeds a few times a year, but for whatever reason, it isn’t happening now. We’re still in tourist season, and this is what our visitors see:
I’m frankly surprised that our city fathers (and mothers) haven’t been screaming at the top of their lungs. Is this the first impression we want to present to those who enter “The Scenic City of the South?” Yes, we’ve had a lot of rain. But if I maintained my yard like the state maintains its greenery, I’d be cited to court. And I would deserve it. I have more photos, but you’ve seen enough. Am I the only one disgusted by this negligence, or would you like to join me?