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Tall grass around Louisville frustrates drivers

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Grass in Louisville stands several feet tall. Grass in Louisville stands several feet tall.
Some of the grass has overtaken sidewalks. Some of the grass has overtaken sidewalks.
Crews cutting overgrown medians. Crews cutting overgrown medians.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You may have noticed some grass around Louisville standing taller than people. Lots of people complained about the eyesore and even called it a hazard, so we asked the city what is taking so long to get it cut. 

The main areas we heard complaints about included Fern Valley Road and Hurstbourne Lane at Bardstown Road. By Tuesday, most of the problem spots had been mowed. We asked if this was coincidence because of our story and calls to the city.

"It was already scheduled," said Jeffrey Brown, assistant director of Public Works. "It was just a matter of time to get to those spots." 

The city blames the warm, rainy summer on the out of control grass.

"We'd love for everything to be turf mode and look beautiful like a golf course, we just don't have the resources to do it," said Brown.

The city only gets so much money from the state and metro council.

"By contract, the state pays for three mowing cycles on the state roads per year, and metro council funds us for four mowing cycles on the metro maintained roads, in order for that to last the whole season, we space those about monthly," Brown explained.

In addition, Metro Council allots money to give state roads a fourth mowing cycle, too. If there is a spot causing visibility issues, call 3-1-1.

"As far as hazards, if you call MetroCall -- 311 -- we go out and address those on the spot," said Brown.

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