Greenwood residents angry over fiber optic installation, tearing apart neighborhood

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GREENWOOD, Ind. (July 1, 2015) - Families in Greenwood have been waking up to a real life nightmare. There are ongoing excavations all over that city to install miles of fiber optic cable and many residents say they didn’t even know it was coming.

In subdivisions throughout Greenwood you can see the huge cables sticking up out of the ground, the massive holes in front yards, and the dirt piles in the middle of the sidewalk.

Folks in Greenwood did not ask for this, did not know it would happen, and now are having to live with it.

“I think it would be good to know what homeowners should expect or should not expect as a reasonable part of it,” said Caryn Turrel.

Turrel lives in the Clearbrook Lakes subdivision in Greenwood, where miles of fiber optic cable is being installed.

“It’s annoying. The people that are doing their work are doing their job and I’m trying to stay out of their way with that but you know, they block off a driveway for an hour here and there, there was a truck that was parked at the end of a driveway for a whole weekend,” she said.

Metronet is installing miles of fiber optic cable for TV and internet all over small residential subdivisions like Turrel’s.

Driving around Greenwood, you can see the tiny flags, holes, and piles of dirt marking where work is being done.

“There’s just piles of dirt all over the place. Every corner, sidewalks, any given time of the day,” said Turrel.

“I guess it’s the way they work, but you don’t want that big pile of dirt there for days,” said one of Turrel’s neighbors.

“Well the headache is I like to walk around the block and they left several mounds of dirt on the sidewalk because they weren’t finished working,” said Jason Jimerson who also lives in the Clearbrook Lakes subdivision.

Construction crews working in Turrel’s subdivision said work would be done in a few weeks. But across Greenwood they said, the work will likely take years to complete.

While the holes may be eyesores sitting in front yards, they are technically in city utility easements. Public space used just for projects like these.

“I’m ok with it. As long as they fix it and it looks fine when they get done,” said Jimerson.

Not everyone is disappointed with the work. Jimerson said he’s looking forward to new, potentially more affordable cable and internet.

“My understanding of that is, it is legal and the idea is of course is to make it so they have thoroughfares for us to put in our cable and utilities so we can all use the stuff,” he said.

Excavation workers are promising to replace torn up property with new grass.

A Metronet official said over the phone that the work in Greenwood is a part of the company’s larger expansion efforts.

You will receive a door tag notifying you of when work will be done, if you live in a neighborhood where the installation will occur.

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