Watchdog: Manhole cover clangs no more on East Baltimore street

In other updates, bus stop bench replaced, bike lane lines dashed

  • Public works crews tried wedging this manhole cover in an attempt to keep it from banging, but that wouldn't hold, so they planned to install a new option, a metal plate.
Public works crews tried wedging this manhole cover in an attempt… (Kim Hairston, Baltimore…)
March 19, 2011|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

This week, Watchdog brings you updates on some previously unresolved problems.

Update: A bench has been replaced at a Randallstown bus stop.

Roslyn DeGraffinreid called to thank Watchdog last month because a broken wooden bench in the 9100 block of Liberty Road has been replaced.

DeGraffinreid works nearby and waits for the bus at that stop after tiring shifts at a nursing home.

"You all called the right people and now it's fixed so we can get to sit down," she said in a message to Watchdog.

Update: The clanging manhole cover at the corner of Baltimore and Wolfe streets has been repaired for good.

Department of Public Works crews were quick to respond after reader Joseph Thomas reported to Watchdog that a manhole cover in East Baltimore's Washington Hill neighborhood would bang every time a vehicle drove over it.

At first, workers tried to wedge the cover to stop the banging, but when that didn't fix the problem, they replaced it with a steel plate, said DPW spokesman Kurt Kocher. By mid-February, crews had completed the job, fixing both the manhole cover frame and replacing the cover.

Kocher originally said it could take as long as 45 days to finish the job, since it didn't pose a threat to health or safety. But sometimes it doesn't take that long.

"When citizens call 311 they are given the outside allotted time, but we generally can address these situations much sooner," he said in an email.

Update: The solid lines designating a bike lane in Northeast Baltimore are now dashed.

Watchdog's February update stated that the bike lane lines on Frankford Avenue at Moravia Park Drive were still solid.

Reader Lee Brown had witnessed confusion on the part of drivers, some of whom entered the bike lane to make right turns, and others that made right turns from the center lane. Transportation officials said drivers were permitted to cross the solid white line to make a turn, but committed to change it to a broken line to ensure clarity.

Transportation spokeswoman Adrienne Barnes had said then the work needed to wait for warmer weather, which arrived within weeks of publication.

Brown reports that the line has now been ground out in places.

"I haven't noticed anyone turning from the center lane any longer," he said. "Everyone's going across that broken line and turning appropriately."

Update: The "No Stopping" sign on North Charles Street now displays the proper times.

One street sign on the east side of Charles Street near Loyola University Maryland's aquatic center listed wrong times when stopping was prohibited. As a result, a car or two would sometimes park there after 9 a.m., which would interfere with Janice Guikema's commute south from Timonium.

Now, all the signs state that parking is forbidden between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., she said. And Guikema and other drivers can continue in the right lane, uninterrupted.

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