Dear PoP – who fixes unmarked manhole covers?

by Prince Of Petworth July 14, 2011 at 11:00 am 13 Comments

“Dear PoP,

Attached picture is at 18th and Monroe St, NW in Mount Pleasant. Who replaces unmarked manhole covers? This is in the middle of the street and could go at any second … and then swallow up a car, motorcycle, bike … jogger.”

My guess is that this is a Pepco issue. I have alerted CM Graham’s office but should anyone encounter a situation like this in the future – def. call 311.

  • Chairman Mao

    Why would the electric company fix part of the sewer system?

    • Mt P resident

      Call the City’s 311 service line (make sure to dial from a 202 area code). I’ve used this for damaged street lamps and telephone poles.

      • Marty

        isn’t there a “real” number for calling 311? My VOIP phone doesn’t get there, and I seem to recall a normal 202 number that could be used.

        • jcm

          It’s 202-737-4404. They also have an online thing at http://311.dc.gov/

          • Marty


    • elcal

      underground utilities, smarty.

  • Annonymous

    They spray painted it blue this morning. Problem solved!

    • Max

      I suggest we turn this troubled manhole cover into a basketball court for the youth.

    • Marty

      Yes, blue man hole covers never cave in!

  • FD

    Ha! Ran over this one yesterday. It’s definitely about to give.

  • Park rd

    Does contacting Graham’s office do anything? I have contacted them regarding a couple of issues that I could not get the regular 311 or public works offices to deal with and had the same results. My guess is that fixing sidewalks and addressing other constituent concerns is just not something the DC government does

    • jcm

      I’ve contacted him three times via email, and all three times he’s responded quickly and gotten my problem solved. The email address I’ve used is jim[at]grahamwone[dot]com

      I’ve never tried to contact his office. Maybe that’s where the breakdown was?

  • Anonymous

    Call 311. They will identify the proper party and notify them. I would have chosen safety yellow and black but blue is nice.


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