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Steel spikes in Maplewood yard raise questions

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A Maplewood property owner installed steel spikes near the curb to discourage trucks from driving on the grass. A Maplewood property owner installed steel spikes near the curb to discourage trucks from driving on the grass.
A Maplewood property owner installed steel spikes near the curb to discourage trucks from driving on the grass. A Maplewood property owner installed steel spikes near the curb to discourage trucks from driving on the grass.
A Maplewood property owner installed steel spikes near the curb to discourage trucks from driving on the grass. A Maplewood property owner installed steel spikes near the curb to discourage trucks from driving on the grass.
MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Steel spikes that measure 4 to 5 inches are embedded in concrete and protrude from the ground in front of a building in the 7300 block of Commonwealth Avenue.

It's a residential neighborhood but the property owner said he became increasingly frustrated with big trucks that cut through the neighborhood but couldn't make the sharp turn from Oxford onto Commonwealth and repeatedly damaged his grass and left deep impressions in the dirt.

"I spent a couple hundred dollars a year repairing the damage," said Gary Tash, a retired physician.

News 4 spoke with a couple of neighbors who said they understand their neighbor's frustration but worry the spikes might be a danger to children.

"I think it's a hazard. Some little kid comes tripping, comes running through and trips, you know that's trouble," said Billy Rosenkranz

Another neighbor, Nick Eaton, told News 4, "I could see that being a worry. He's put a little protection over the spikes but they are big spikes in the ground."

Tash installed a sign that says, "Puncture Hazard," and installed small pieces of plywood that cover the spikes which are designed to break if a heavy truck drives over them.

"You'd have to work hard to get hurt on them," said Tash.

Tash said he's spoken with his alderman about the spikes but was never told he couldn't have them or that they violate a city ordinance.

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