Man­hole a late-night nui­sance in Bay Roberts

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS COURTESY CO­LETTE DAW­SON

The un­cov­ered man­hole on L.T. Stick Drive.

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