MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – We got a ton of rain just a few weeks ago, and it is showing up.
Now that the sun is out, so are the workers.
This is some repaving work on Walnut Grove Road, one of the busiest patches of pavement in the city. Work is going on now on a stretch of Highland.
All of this has been delayed because of rain. It is not impossible to put in new pavement when it’s raining. It’s just not a good idea.
This soaked summer affected not just the city, but work with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
According to Mike Welch of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, “I’d say between us having some contract work that has been running a little behind and the wet year we’ve been having, that’s contributed to the grass growing pretty fast.”
If you have rain then sunny weather, the grass grows a lot.
At Audubon Park, you can see areas that need attention.
Shanta Hood is bothered by all of that tall grass.
“You never know what will come out of the grass or whatever,” she said. “This is the first time I’ve come back out here. It’s a great park, it just needs a little more maintenance.”
Not everyone had problems. Showing that the grass isn’t always greener or longer in the other fellow’s park.
“I’m real good, yeah,” said a jogger as he was chugging by.
Audubon is one of the more popular parks in the city, and Larry Jones and his bicycle know it well.
“I use the park every day,” he says, “… coming in the morning and evening.”
He has seen the grass, Larry has, “…seen it grow,” and he’s not liking it.
“I noticed some areas are cut, some aren’t,” “It’s not good because of you know bugs, mosquitoes, stuff like that.”