ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)-- St. Charles County residents are fuming over a $2 million project that hits a major roadblock and forces the project to shut down.
Lawns are ruined. Their 50 year old trees were either cut down altogether or the branches severely cut to make way for utility lines.
No one knows when the project will get restarted.
At least some of the headaches could have been avoided.
The project ground to a half after a surprise fight because the St. Charles County Highway Department and Laclede Gas over who was going to pay to move the gas lines.
St. Charles said they assumed Laclede was going to pay because they had done so in the past.
But no one ever asked Laclede if they intended to pay. So now the project is stalled while the issue wounds its way through the courts. Meanwhile, homeowners along Ehlman Road are stuck with a big mess.
The county had already spent a million of the $2 million budget for the project before they had to shut down work. Taxpayers say this whole thing could have been avoided if St. Charles County had left the road the way it was.
Residents fought the project from the start saying it wasn't needed.