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Commuter Alert: Collapsed Plate on Conn. Ave. Fixed

D.C. officials have fixed a construction plate that collapsed into a hole dug for a utility project on Connecticut Avenue in Northwest after Porter Street.

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 10, 2009; 12:48 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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Every time I drive over one these plates, I wonder if they ever fail and collapse under the weight of the car. Now I know: they do.

Thankfully, nobody got hurt THIS time.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | April 10, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

We can put a man on the moon. Why can't we come up with a better system than these awful steel plates on the road? I have known many people who have had their tires irreparably damaged from the sharp corners of these plates. Not to mention, they're rarely ever installed correctly, so you're car makes a terrible thudding sound when you drive over them. Hopefully, there were no injuries involved in this collapse, but localities around the country should try to devise a better system.

Posted by: sdecker | April 10, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Those plates are very dangerous for motorcyclists; they are very slippery when wet.

Posted by: hawknt | April 10, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I use Connecticut often (since we live in that area...).
Besides not having a better system of covering holes - this must have been a case of poor and shoddy efforts or the material was old enough to have finally hit a structural fatigue failure point...

We're kinda hoping DC gets some of that stimulus money (DC is the nation's capital after all...) and get a lot of our own infrastructure repaired (to last for more than a year or two that is)...

Posted by: gudguy1 | April 10, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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