Catoosa County's Public Works Department has scheduled road repair work for the 1300 block of Pine Grove Road that'll take place over the weekend.
According to the Public Works Department, the work will begin Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m., and hopefully be completed by 8 a.m. Monday morning, Nov. 20.
A portion of the road will be closed during that time, with traffic detoured to Pine Grove Access Road to Daily Hill Road.
The issue of the road came up in the Board of Commissioners meeting Nov. 7, when resident Dennis Sims expressed concerns about damage to an area near the Jack Mattox Recreation Complex.
"My issue is our road," Sims said. "We can't stand in the way of progress, but there's a project on Battlefield Parkway, and Pine Grove Road has been the transportation route for the trucks hauling chert."
Sims claimed that over the past couple of months, the road, which leads to Battlefield Parkway, has sustained significant damage in the middle of one of its big curves.
"Our road is demolished, one curve in particular, right before you get to Jack Mattox ball field," Sims explained. "I've made calls and didn't get a returned call. That's why I'm here tonight. We can't stand in the way of progress, I know, but if the county is going to bend over backwards to get new businesses in here, then put our roads back when you get through. We've got a problem. The trucks rolled for two or three weeks, or a month. They came around that curve and just slid the pavement over. ... Now you come around that curve, and it's pretty rough."
Commission Chairman Steven Henry explained that Pine Grove Road is one of many on a list to be repaired.
"We do have several roads in bad, bad shape, and some of them are a lot worse, so we have to patch them in order, but it is on the list to get repaired," Henry said. "I don't disagree with you. But we have 400 miles of road and we have some that's actually worse, so we're trying to get those knocked out and work our way over. We are taking them in order of worst to the best."
County Manager Jim Walker also explained that rather than fix the problem immediately out of county funds, he's been trying to get the construction company to repair the damage.
"We're all aware of the road," Walker said. "We recognize that it was one company's trucks that did the damage to the roads. The truth is, I'm trying to get them to pay to fix it, so it won't cost the taxpayers to fix it."
"We're trying to get the people that tore it up, to fix it, and nothing goes fast," Henry added.