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Residents of Fairley Road feel forgotten by city

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Fairley Road is a construction project, but it's been months since crews have done any significant work here.

The road is torn up, children play in the unfinished drainage ditches, and a massive piece of concrete has been sitting on the front lawn of Lekesha Payne's grandmother's house.

"Last time they were working on our yard they said they were gonna remove it they haven't removed it yet. It's just sitting there so I don't know what they gonna do," Payne said.

Neighbors have been asking for sidewalks on Fairley Road for decades.

Work finally started this year, but then it quickly stopped. The first phase of the city public works project ran out of money.

Ray Smith has lived on the street for years. Now he's on a mission to get the job done. He's outraged at what's happening in his Whitehaven neighborhood.

"We are being neglected. We have officials in our area. To me it does not seem that they are concerned with what's going on," Smith said.

So Mr. Smith went to city hall, and as the council considered the budget he was making his case to city leaders.

"I asked for the city to be faithful in what they are supposed to do," Smith said.

When we first reported on Fairley Road, Councilman Harold Collins called the project an embarrassment.

Collins made sure the money is there to finish the work.

The city engineer says crews should be back at work finishing phase one next week.

They'll start work on the sidewalks and paving by August if all goes well.

But he says it could take a year to finish the job.

"The only thing I will believe is when I see them come out here and do something," Smith said.

That's a common refrain on Fairley Road.

Whatever the city says at this point, neighbors here feel they've been forgotten.

"If you're going to start on a project at least finish the project," Payne said.

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