Are Taxpayers Paying For Dead Sod?

Is State Spending Your Green For Brown Sod?

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Anyone driving along Bryan Blvd. can see it. Dead grass in the middle of the road. It’s from new sod that went in in June. And by last week, there were already so many brown spots, they had to pull up that grass and start over again.

2 Wants To Know viewer Matthew wrote us: "As a tax payer, I would like an explanation as to why this project was needed and who oversaw the project. Seems like we need some answers."

So 2 Wants To Know went straight to the department of transportation who said, "don't worry."

The state says it's actually pretty common to plant things in Summer. And they have it down to a science. But this time, the contractor messed up and is paying to replace the sod on his dime.

"The contractor hasn't been paid for anything he's done out there at this point. And they are not going to be paid for dead sod. They are supposed to come in next week, take the old sod out, replace it with new. And then we'll review it and if it's acceptable we'll pay them for green live sod. But we are not going to pay for dead sod," said NCDOT’s Ken Taffer.

The state also says they've worked with this contractor before on much smaller jobs with great results.  And if he can't pull through on this one, they'll look for someone else who can get the job done.

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