WHAT’S UP WITH THAT? Potholes


Corrected at 7:32 a.m. to fix name. BHP regrets the error
By SUSAN LEATHERS
Brentwood Home Page
Before we had the searing heat of summer, we had a pretty rough winter. And that winter left many Brentwood-area roadways damaged, most notably with potholes. Brentwood Home Page has received several emails recently reporting problem areas and asking who is responsible.
The answer isn’t as straightforward as you might imagine.

Corrected at 7:32 a.m. to fix name. BHP regrets the error
By SUSAN LEATHERS

Brentwood Home Page
Before we had the searing heat of summer, we had a pretty rough winter. And that winter left many Brentwood-area roadways damaged, most notably with potholes. Brentwood Home Page has received several emails recently reporting problem areas and asking who is responsible.

The answer isn’t as straightforward as you might imagine.

Two readers wrote specifically about a huge pothole on Concord Road near Heritage Drive. Both said it has become a hazard for those leaving the Martin Center, Indoor Sports Center or The Heritage.  

If the pothole was on Heritage Drive, it would be the City of Brentwood’s responsibility and a crew from the city’s Public Works department would be dispatched to fill it. But since Concord is a state road, we contacted Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman BJ Doughty who said she would forward the information to TDOT’s Williamson County Maintenance Office.

According to the TDOT website, “to report needed pothole repair on interstates and state highways, contact your TDOT Region Office.” In our case, that would be the Region 3 one in Nashville.

But what if it’s a private road, such as the short portion of Pewitt Drive in the Town Center district between Town Center Way and Church Street that has not yet been deeded to the city? An ever-growing pothole there was of growing concern given the amount of traffic that now uses that section of Pewitt since Local Taco restaurant and other new businesses have opened in the area.

According to city officials, the responsibility lies with the landowner whose property is closest to the problem. In this case, it was Realtor Shannon Pollard who quickly had his maintenance crew take care of the pothole once informed he was responsible. “It’s been driving me crazy, too, as I keep hitting it,” he said.

For future reference, here’s who to call if you see – or experience firsthand – a pothole that needs fixing:

  • State roads: TDOT’s Region 3 office, (615) 350-4300).
  • County roads: Williamson County Highway Department dispatch, 790-5596
  • City roads: Public Works Department, 371-0080
  • Private roads: If you live in a gated or private community, such as Governor’s Club or Mooreland Estates, contact your homeowners association

About The Author

Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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