Man hole cover wreaks havoc on Albany man's tire

August 02, 2018 06:19 PM

ALBANY - At the intersection of Morton and Oneida there's a barrel that warns drivers of a raised man hole cover.  It's standard practice when a road is milled prior to paving.

But there's an exposed cover - just feet away and part of the same project - that popped Coldrige St. Hill claims popped his car tire late Wednesday night.  But there isn't a barrel or even a cone to alert drivers.

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"It didn't have it, rain is pouring down last night, can hardly see," recalls St. Hill.

By day, the area is very clearly a construction site.  But at night - when it's pitch black and storming - noticing the raised man hole cover before running over it would likely have been impossible.

"I's really frustrating."

St. Hill hasn't gotten an estimate from a mechanic yet.  He's hopeful it's just the tire and not the rim, too.

"Now it's not cheap.  I'm looking at between $70 and $150."

He's already also contacted City Hall and has been advised to file a claim.  And while not completely devastating, St. Hill works two jobs so it's certainly a headache that will hurt his wallet too.

"I just got off my other job. I'm out in the rain and I'm like I can't believe it, you know."

St. Hill tells NewsChannel 13 that when he was pulled over, assessing the damage Wednesday night, it happened to another passing car.  And a woman told him that it occurred to her, too, as she was driving her daughter to the emergency room.

According the Mayor Kathy Sheehan's Chief of Staff, this paving project is a contract job, not City staff.  He reports that he looked into the claim and was told by the paving company that the man hole cover was marked but the rain must have washed the markings away.  The Chief of Staff added that the contractor will be responsible for making St. Hill whole and he believes that will occur.


Abigail Bleck

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