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Broken BR sidewalks being replaced with gravel

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Posted: Jan 26, 2011 11:53 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jan 26, 2011 11:53 AM
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Topics: baton, rouge, public, works, department, garden, district, sidewalks, trees, concrete, gravel, fix, problem, promise, wbrz, louisiana

BATON ROUGE - Public workers are ripping up concrete in Baton Rouge's Garden District to fix sidewalks broken by tree roots. The works comes three months after a News 2 report prompted a promise from the city to fix the problem.

Several homeowners had complained trees on city property were tearing up sidewalks and creating a hazard they might be liable for. City ordinances require homeowners to maintain the sidewalks in front of their house, unless they're damaged by trees on city property.

Today, Department of Public Works crews were picking up or pulling up broken concrete and replacing it with gravel. DPW Director Pete Newkirk said they couldn't pour concrete in the area, because the roots would just break it again.

One homeowner who had complained about their sidewalks told News 2 they didn't know if the gravel was the best solution to the problem, but they don't have any other options at the moment.

Rachel Frost will have more on the sidewalk work and how neighbors feel about the solution tonight on News 2 at 6.

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