Commuter Dude: Damaging storm drain near school

After several flat tires and calls to 11Alive's Commuter Dude, the city of Atlanta is addressing a damaged storm drain cover.

ATLANTA – After a series of flat tires and complaints from frustrated parents, the city of Atlanta is working to keep a metal storm drain from doing any more damage.

Suzanne Urquhart’s daughter is one of several people who ventured too close to the sharp edge of the storm drain cover near the Paideia School.

“Popped her tire instantly, and she couldn't even really drive any further than a couple of feet,” says Urquhart.

Leaving the school takes drivers down narrow, two lane South Ponce DeLeon Avenue. At the corner of Ponce and Fairview Road is the storm drain that has caused so much headache. Somehow, the drain cover was damaged, leaving a sharp corner pointed toward drivers who try to squeeze by to make a right turn.

Urquart, along with representatives of the school, reached out to the city through Atlanta’s 311 system five times beginning last September. When nothing changed, they reached out to 11Alive’s Commuter Dude.

A Watershed Management crew was on the scene just hours after 11Alive contacted the city. With bricks and mortar, they eliminated the steep drop that often grabbed tires, moved the metal cover back away from the street, and tried to cover the corners with cement.

“I would say it's an improvement, but not 100-percent,” says Urquart.

The crew returned with more cement for the corners, nd have told the school they'll replace the drain cover with a much smaller one.

“At least you got a response,” says Urquart. “We got nothing after a year.”



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