Raised manholes in downtown Rochester create obstacles for drivers

October 11, 2017 06:33 PM

A bumpy ride for downtown commuters...

A number of raised manhole covers in the city are causing safety issues for drivers. Many of these over-exposed manhole covers are along the Union Street area in the city.

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This is part of the ongoing Inner Loop Transformation Project which started in November 2014. News10NBC spoke with drivers and took their concerns to city officials.

“I've experienced before and they're definitely a concern. My car is kinda low to the ground so it's not something I want to hit,” says Rachel Betts.

if you've driven around downtown Rochester lately, you may have hit a "manhole or two.

“I'd be looking because if you don't look, you could hit your car,” says Norman Williams.

Drivers are worried about potential damage to their vehicles.

“And the city ain’t going to fix it. You're responsible to fix your own car,” says Williams.

Raised manholes are part of the inner loop construction process, so if one of these manholes damages your car -- can you get the city to pay for it?

News10NBC checked with city leaders. In the city code, it says they are not liable unless you gave a written notice of the unsafe road condition, detailing where it is to the city engineer. You then have to prove the city failed to respond in a reasonable amount of time or neglected the notice.

A spokesperson for the city says: "As the road is brought to grade, the manhole covers will be level. It is for this reason that drivers are urged to use caution while driving through any construction site … not just for raised manholes but other irregularities one might find in a construction zone."

“I kind of just wish it would just progress a little bit faster,” says Betts.

The Inner Loop project is expected to be finished by December 2017.


Nina Porciuncula

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