March 6, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Construction is now finished on Warren Road, a busy cut-through off Washington Road. But some homeowners there want to know why their block was left out.
Who could forget Mike and Suzanne Jones? After we broke the story of how the city had not finished construction on their block of Warren Road, the Joneses were told things would be fixed soon.
Eight months later, they say nothing's been done, and their calls have not been returned.
Newly paved streets and sidewalks are certainly a welcome sight to those who live or drive on Warren Road. After all, it was a mess for over a year.
But there's a point on the street where the sidewalks and improvements end...and that's where Mike and Suzanne Jones' frustration begins.
"We've been dropped like a hot potato," Suzanne told News 12.
The couple says the city still hasn't explained why their block was left out of the construction plans. There are no sidewalks and no drains. They say it's a danger to kids walking to school.
"They have to walk in the road or walk in ditches," Mike Jones said.
Last July, we called Augusta's engineering director out to their home to get answers.
They were told the city would find an answer and find money to complete the project. Eight months later, nothing's been done, and they say none of their calls have been returned.
So we asked their Commissioner Jerry Brigham about the holdup. He says the $800,000 needed to finish the job is not available.
It's nothing I can do if I don't have money to spend," he said.
Commissioner Brigham says finishing the road is a priority, but Mike and Suzanne need to be patient.
"It's been ten years trying to do Alexander Drive, it's been 12 years trying to do Davis Road. You don't do things in one year's time."
Brigham says it will take another SPLOST package to get the money. Until then, Suzanne has a message for city leaders.
"Don't start a job if you can't finish the one you started before," she said. "Don't jump, jump, jump, jump."
The Joneses say they plan on calling government watchdog Woody Merry to see if he can get something done.
Abie Ladson, the city's engineering director, says he has returned all of the Joneses' calls.