Overton Crossing residents speak out about construction

Orange and white barrels line Overton Crossing Road where construction crews, detour signs and mud are now part of the landscape.

Neighbors want answers about the road construction project that they say has them trapped inside their homes.

The project impacts 130 families.
Carrie Swart says she's missed work over the last two weeks because of construction blocking her driveway.

"If there was an emergency, how would we get help?  How would we get somebody out here?  My mom has heart problems," Swart worried.

So, Swart contacted Action News 5 to get some action.  "I wanna know when it's gonna be over," she said.
City Planning Engineer John Cameron says crews are working as fast as

"We're thinking that probably by the holidays, we'll be out of most of the residential areas along Overton Crossing," he said.

The plan is to widen Overton Crossing from two to four lanes.  It serves as the main artery between Frayser and the interstate.  Cameron says the city had public meetings about the road widening project, which has been in the works for decades. 
But Swart says she first learned about it when she came outside to a crew digging up her driveway.

"That's probably an area where we should talk with the contractor and get some better coordination with the property owners," he said.

Cameron says the city will do what it can to ease construction woes.

"We will try to keep the roadway passable with gravel and any other means we can use to make it passable," he added.

In fact, he plans to have an inspector on site Saturday morning, to make sure it's done.
Once the city finishes widening the residential area of Overton Crossing late November, they plan to work on the commercial area.  They expect the entire project to take another year.