What you see here are attempts by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to stabilize runoff from a broken pipe higher up the hill on the state rights-of- way. The pipe has long leaked, causing a gully to form down the slope, locally known as “kudzu hill,” and washing mud across the parking lot of the Phil Mechanic studios. Jolene Mechanic (who was not available for comment this weekend) has called many times about the mess, and various bandaids were applied with various results.
“The rain events of the last week broke it,” says Pattiy Torno, a RAD resident. “The water gushed across the circle with the mud, traffic was snarled.” DOT came and put up the fence, rocks and straw bales. The circle was cleaned up.
Then it rained hard early Saturday morning.
“It looks like the pipe’s supports have come loose from whatever they had been on,” said Torno. “As you can see, there is a lot of mud down to the top of the rocks.”
A call to the state DOT has not yet been answered.
With more rain in the forecast, residents and tenants in the area are keeping a close eye on the pile of wet mud and rocks.