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Old 03-28-2005, 06:10 PM   #1
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GD Pothole (actually sunken manhole...)

I was driving to work the other day and I turned around a corner and ran my front-driver side tire square into a sunken manhole cover. At first I was expecting a bent rim, but everything appeared to be OK. I spoke with a few people from the area (I was working at a Walgreens) and they said the thing had been on the news no fewer than four times since mid-December of last year. On my way home I stopped and checked the hole, somehow the manhole cover was at least 6" below the surface of the road...I have no idea how. When I got home I called the City of Cleveland street department and nearly tore the head off of the person on the other end; the jist of my complaint was "If the GD thing has been on the news since December, then why hasn't it been repaired, or at least had a cone or barrel put over it so people from out of town don't hit it?" Of course, the city "isn't responsible for any damage." The other thing that really pissed me off was they had blocked the middle turn lane off in front of a Honey Baked Ham store about a block down the street...with road barrels...and had two cops directing traffic in and out of the parking lot, but they couldn't bother to put a cone on or in front of a 6" deep hole in the road.

So on Saturday I was washing my car because the weather was nice, and I noticed a large bulge on the sidewall. I called Tirerack today and they informed me that any sidewall bulge isn't covered by Pirelli's warranty, but they did give me $20 off a replacement tire. I guess I'm lucky McNew's hadn't gotten my 17" black FR Rally wheels to me in less than a week, otherwise I would've been out one summer tire and one brand-new wheel.


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Old 03-28-2005, 07:09 PM   #2
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That is a bummer man. I would have done the same thing in your situation. Some roads these days are so rediculus that i have to actually make sure i avoid them.
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I contacted Columbus, OH street department about pot hole patching on 315s. It is a main highway with a speed limit of 65mph and they had gravel over all three lanes for about a mile. The front of my car got sand blasted and lots of nicks on it. I told them I would like to file a damage report and they sent me a packet in the mail, I filled it all out and sent it to them last fri, now I'm just waiting to hear from them. The city, state and goverment is protected by law to only pay your deductable (mine is $500) so I figure if I get the $500 out of them I'll get the front of my car painted. If you don't turn it into insurance I don't know how the process goes but my mom's friend had his rim bent and tire blown out on a pot hole and the city covered the whole thing. I guess you just have to fight with them but I'd give it a shot if I were you.

They may say they are not responsible but they are, you just have to keep preasuring them. Ask to file a complaint/damage form and ask to talk to there supervisor. Good luck.
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They said that since it had been on the news and in the paper, the public had been sufficently "warned." Basically I should've known because it was in the local papers that I don't have a chance to read and the evening news that I never watch. I figure its not worth the effort for $90...and I really don't want to haul the insurance company into this; besides the point that they'd deny coverage because the tires aren't the OE Goodyear Eagle RS-A's, I'd have to pay a premium hike just for calling and inquiring about it.

It pisses me off that they could give two cops and enough road barrels to block the center turning lane in front of a f-ing ham store, but they can't block off the lane for the first 20' after the intersection or put a sign up, or anything to warn someone that there's a huge hole in the road.
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