Update: Overgrown grass on city property a driving hazard

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Updated: 8/23/2013 1:20 pm Published: 8/22/2013 10:37 pm

Less than a day after FOX23 News reports on tall grass blocking the view of traffic at Midtown Tulsa intersection, lawn crews were out working to cut the grass Friday morning.

A FOX23 News viewer contacted the newsroom concerned about the tall grass causing a driving hazard at the intersection of 31st Street and South Hudson Avenue.

"There are wrecks here all the time," said Karen Cody.

The overgrown grass is about four feet tall and blocks the view of traffic at the intersection.

"We have to look over to make sure no one is coming, can't when the grass is that high," said Cody.

The FOX23 News viewer said he's used his push mower, but it won't hold up in the taller Johnson grass with debris.

"There you see where my blade busted," said Rick who called the newsroom.

He didn't want to publish his last name, but neighbors on the other side of the frontage road gave up mowing too.

"My husband used to mow it, with the sign stakes and ruts it broke the lawn mower," said Cody. "We can't do it all the time."

FOX23 News found it is the city's responsibility to mow the median between the frontage road and east 31st Street.

Rick said he is 6’4” tall, and said, “This stuff is getting as tall as I am.”

As FOX23 News was on the scene, other drivers stopped to talk to Rick about the grass problems.

There's a patch you can see where Rick took his weed eater to help.

"That way to give a little bit of visual for that corner here," said Rick.

However, there's still a danger. Smart cars and SUVs driving west on East 31st Street can't be seen by drivers going south on Hudson.

"Someone blows that light, you are toast," said Rick.

FOX23 News sent a picture of the tall grass to a spokesperson for the mayor.

In the 2013-2014 budget, there are eight mowing cycles budgeted. A spokesperson for the City says originally there were 10 bugeted but because of budget constraints there were eight approved. 

To report a mowing problem, call the City’s Customer Care Center at 918-596-2100.

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pen25 - 8/23/2013 4:09 PM
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city cant afford to mow the grass but wants 900+ million in more taxes for roads and parks unless roads are a stand alone item i am voting against it.

Mayor Maynot - 8/23/2013 12:20 PM
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A smart safety concerned driver would avoid that intersection.

Mayor Maynot - 8/23/2013 12:14 PM
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They got plenty of prisoners at DLM #8 ^]] suit some of them up in orange. Put them behind a mower and let them earn their keep. Give some of em time off of their sentence.

billw001 - 8/23/2013 11:20 AM
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I should go mow it and send the city a bill for it....

Mayor Maynot - 8/23/2013 11:06 AM
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Its not blocking traffic. If that were so then it would be a road block. It's blocking the view of traffic. A fifth grader could report better than that.

CowBot9000 - 8/23/2013 7:05 AM
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Someone should send the city a notice to abate nuisance within 7 days. If they don't do it, do it for them and send them a bill with a notice that any further nuisance will be abated without further notice. Hahaha.
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