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More Flat Tires After Another Manhole Comes Loose

8/1/2007 - Boston, MA
More Flat Tires After Another Manhole Comes Loose

By Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff

Two more cars popped tires in Brighton when another manhole cover came loose this morning in the latest in a series of problems with manholes and storm grates that have caused a rash of accidents on state roads.

No one was hurt and neither car crashed, but the incident on eastbound Nonantum Road happen as state officials expanded inspections to include all of the approximately 10,000 storm grates and manhole covers on major state highways after a series of accidents Monday on Interstate 93 in Milton. On Friday a driver was critically injured when a flying storm grate crashed through his windshield on Route 128 in Westwood.

This morning a driver called the State Police barracks in Brighton at 8:11 a.m. to report that he had hit a loose manhole cover in the right travel lane of eastbound Nonantum Road. The manhole cover popped a tire on the driver’s 2006 Subaru Forester, according to Trooper Thomas Murphy, a State Police spokesman.

When police responded to the scene, another driver approached troopers and said that he had also gotten a flat tire when he hit the manhole. Police did not take a report from the second driver, who said he planned to stop by the barracks later in the day, Murphy said.

Nonantum Road, which is the continuation of Soldier Field Road and runs along the Charles River, is maintained by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. A DRC crew located the manhole cover, put it back on the manhole, and surrounded it with cones until it can be welded shut, Murphy said.

With up to six incidents with manholes and storm grates in less than a week, the Massachusetts Highway Department launched a 24-hour highway hot line to allow drivers to report loose manhole covers, storm grates, and other problems. Drivers can dial #321 on a mobile phone or 888-359-9595.

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Posted by the Boston Globe City & Region Desk at 09:41 AM.

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