Three-foot weeds not a good look for the city

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Three foot high weeds aren’t a pretty sight, especially for a city that states it’s a level above.

“There’s some big ones out there. Weeds have no problem growing anywhere. It’s kind of amazing. It’s such an eyesore,” said Mayor Duke Bennett, Terre Haute.

Well, these “eye sores” of medians stretch from the north end of U.S. 41 to the south end.

Whose job is it to fix these dividers? It’s the state’s.

But not for the city’s lack of trying.

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett spoke to the Indiana Department of Transportation about the growing problem.

“When I drive down 3rd Street, I look at that and think it just puts a really bad impression on the community. We really work hard to keep our stuff cut, but it’s not easy, it grows fast, I get all that,” said Mayor Bennett.

City officials would like to step up and beautify this portion themselves, not relying on the state, but its not an easy task.

“It takes money and manpower,” said Mayor Bennett. “Any median work like that, whether it’s trimming or making repairs or even painting. There’s a lot that goes into that. We have to close off lanes of the road, so we have to have flashing arrows, we have to have signage saying people at work, we have to have a hundred cones out there. Then we have to have some safety people to keep an eye on people working.”

And that’s not even counting costs and forms of liability.

But with the mayor’s persistence, INDOT has promised once its projects are complete in neighboring Clay Dounty this week, they’re heading this way, to clean up the main drag through the city.

The mayor says the city is starting a beautification project soon downtown.

That stretches from Cherry to Poplar street.

Then slowly, he hopes to take over more of the upkeep on 3rd Street, keeping it in the city’s hands.

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