Manhole a late-night nuisance in Bay Roberts
You were lucky to avoid L.T. Stick Drive in Bay Roberts late Monday night. A manhole cover went missing, likely the result of a snowplow inadvertently causing damage to it. Its absence was felt for a brief spell, though the town was quick to act once it received a heads up about the manhole cover’s disappearance.
Motorists driving along L.T. Stick Drive in Bay Roberts on a recent Monday night were in for more than they bargained for.
That’s because a manhole located on the busy road linking the Conception Bay Highway to Veteran’s Memorial Highway was missing a cover.
The Town of Bay Roberts’ Twitter account said multiple vehicles were reportedly damaged on the road, which is owned and controlled by the provincial government. The municipality maintains the underground infrastructure.
Colette Dawson told The Compass last Tuesday she was behind two vehicles that pulled over and flashed their hazard signals after passing the hole. A broken manhole cover was later found on the side of the road. She contacted the local RCMP detachment and the Department of Transportation and Works at around midnight, and also notified the Town of Bay Roberts.
Director of public works Sean Elms told The Compass the manhole was replaced within 30 minutes of the issue being reported. According to Elms, it’s believed a plow struck the manhole at some point, causing it to become dislodged.
As of last Tuesday, Elms was unaware of the full extent of damage linked to the missing manhole cover, though he did have knowledge of a truck with a flat tire that may have also sustained a broken rim.
An overhead view of the uncovered manhole.
This damaged manhole cover was found along the side of L.T. Stick Drive.
The uncovered manhole on L.T. Stick Drive.