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3 ON YOUR SIDE: Melting tar causing problems on East Tennessee road

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POLK COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - People in the Copperhill community of Polk County say a local road is causing major problems. With warmer temperatures, a layer of tar on Grassy Creek Road melted, causing a mess when cars drove over it.

People living there say a thick layer of tar started coming off the road and sticking to their tires.

"The tar, where it slings up, it leaves little rough places," says Glenda Waters, who lives off Grassy Creek Road.

Glenda Waters says parts of her van are coated in little blobs of tar.

"It was like they had just sprayed fresh tar and left it," says Waters.

Waters lives off Grassy Creek Road. The county resurfaced the road last fall with a fresh layer of tar as a part of a two phase project to fix cracking and resurface the road.

"About a week ago it started getting hot and the tar started oozing from the pavement. It got very slick. A lot of people complained on Facebook their tires, their car is getting coated with the tar," says Waters.

She says driving on the road was difficult.

"It was very hard to drive on. If you were coming up a hill, it was so thick that it would make you slide. And it would sling more tar."

The county put down a layer of fine sand to help.

"Then they came a few days ago and put a powdery substance on it. Which, now when you drive on it, it helped, but you know, you still have the dust blowing and everything."

County road superintendent Roy Thomason tells Channel 3 he realizes the road is a problem.

 "It has needed a good paving job for several years," says Waters.

Thomason says he has "never seen" tar bubble up like this before and has contacted the supplier, who suggested the sand as a temporary solution.

He says the county is sending samples to the supplier to find a more permanent solution.    

 "I would just like for them to do a very good paving job on the road and do it right. To me, I'm sorry, but this is a waste of taxpayer's money," says Waters.

Superintendent Thomason says the county was already short on funding to complete the two-phase $500,000 project.

He says he is seeking a state grant to correct the problem and resurface the road.

In the meantime, the tar has not done any permanent damage.

Some of Waters' relatives say thankfully, with a little elbow grease, the tar comes off.
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