Metal Plates on Roads, Thank Those Water Main Breaks

8:26 PM, Jan 22, 2014   |    comments
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Columbia, SC(WLTX)- The city said they have had almost 60 water main breaks since December. 

You have probably noticed it can be a bumpy ride when you drive down Columbia roads, especially when you drive over metal plates. 

In the beginning of January,  a school bus drove into a sinkhole near the intersection of Lorick Avenue and Colonial drive. 

That sinkhole was caused by a water main break. 

"This has been a heavy year as far as having to put plates out and the number of breaks we've had," City of Columbia Executive Dir. of Utilities and Engineering Joey Jaco said.  

Jaco said water main breaks have been occurring due to cold temperatures. 

"You can't put asphalt down because of cold temperatures so it is an issue of we do have to put plates out," Jaco said. 

During the first ten days of this month, the city said they spent around $60,000 making repairs. 

If the metal plates ever cause damage to your car you can call the city. 

Columbia officials said to call customer care at (803)545-3300 to talk to a claims adjuster. 

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