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Fort Worth Neighborhood Deals With Muddy Mess

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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) - In the heart of the Cultural District in Fort Worth sits Arlington Heights, an older neighborhood tucked away near the museums.

Homeowners there say they’ve been dealing with a muddy mess.

“It’s like living on an old country road,” points out Brian Roper. “If anybody ever tells you there is something quaint about living on an unpaved road, let me assure you there isn’t.”

The street in front of Roper’s house is no country road.

It’s a street in the middle of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Fort Worth, and it used to be paved with a few potholes explains Roper.

Now it’s a dirt road with all the concrete ripped away.

A number of streets around Arlington Heights are in the same shape.

Crews started working on the project last year, but ripped up the roads a month ago to replace the water and sewer lines.

Roper says he and his neighbors can’t even get in their own driveways because the road is so muddy.

They have to park on other streets.

“I started sinking. You can see my tire tracks there. It’s just mud,” says Roper.

What makes it even worse for neighbors is that they’ve noticed some flooding in the area.

“I have noticed a few ponds especially when it rained hard the other day. It was very muddy,” says Carey Wolff. “I wouldn’t even try to drive through there because I might get stuck in some of the spots.”

Wolff and Roper say they just want their quaint, quiet neighborhood back.

The city says it takes time for the underground work to be completed.

The project is expected to wrap up by April.

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