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ABQ Secures Manhole Covers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — City of Albuquerque crews have bolted down the manhole covers on Lead SE to keep anyone else from falling in.

Robert Anderson, whose son plunged into one of the holes over the New Year’s holiday, thanked city councilors Isaac Benton and Rey Garduño for their help getting the covers secured more tightly.

The holes have been covered by sheet metal and orange barrels during a major construction project on Lead, but Anderson said the one his son fell into was uncovered. It’s not clear who removed the cover, as city crews reported the barricades were in place when they left.

In any case, the city’s Department of Municipal Development says the covers are now bolted, making it more difficult for vandals or anyone else to remove them. The city still urges people to stay out of the construction zone, which is for trained crews only.

“After the city of Albuquerque observed Mr. Anderson lifting the manhole covers after his incident, it was clear that we needed some more deterrents,” city spokesman Mark Motsko said.

Here’s the Journal’s initial story on the issue.