Get Marty: Metal Plates Slashing Tires On Stretch Of Route 65

Get Marty: Metal Plates Slashing Tires On Stretch Of Route 65


MOTEL OVERNIGHT TO GIVE THEM A CALL. REPORTING IN JEFFERSON HILLS, LISA WASHINGTON. KDKA-TV NEWS. A LOCAL TRUCKING COMPANY SAW A DANGEROUS SITUATION DEVELOPING ALONG ROUTE 65 CONSTRUCTION PROJECT. METAL OBJECTS INSTALLED BY THE CONTRACTOR WERE SLASHING TRUCK TIRES. WHEN THE COMPANY COULDN’T GET ANY ACTION THEY REACHED OUT TO GET MARTY. Reporter: TAKE A LOOK AT THE SPACE TO THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT OF THE SEMI-TRUCK RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU HERE ALONG ROUTE 65 THIS AFTERNOON. SO TIGHT IT’S HARD TO WATCH. . GOT TO HANG REAL TIGHT TO THE LEFT WALL IN ORDER TO MISS HITTING THE RIGHT WALL. Reporter: AND THE RIGHT IS WHAT CAN BE BEST CALLED AS TIRE KILLERS. JUSTING OUT OF THE JERSEY BARRIER. I HAVE SEEN SCHOOL BUS, TRASH TRUCKS, TRACKER TRAILERS LOOSE TIRES. HE HIT THE PLATE THAT WAS EXTENDING OUT FROM THE BARRIER AND THEN AS THE WHEEL SPUN AROUND IT CAUGHT THE SIDE OF THE TIRE THERE. Reporter: $800 IN DAMAGE TO ONE TIRE IN A GARAGE FULL OF TIRES, HIGH DOLLAR TIRES. THIS IS ABOUT $10,000 JUST TO ME. Reporter: FOR RONALD, SAFETY DIRECTOR THIS IS ABOUT A LOT MORE THAN MONEY. THERE COULD HAVE BEEN A MAJOR ACCIDENT. THEY COULD HAVE GONE THROUGH THE BARRIER AND INJURED OTHER PEOPLE OR THE WORKERS . Reporter: HE SENT ME THESE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE WORK ALONG ROUTE 65. TWO THINGS YOU NOTICE THE NARROW PASSAGE AND THE REAL PROBLEM, METAL PLATES, CONTINUES OUT THEY WERE CUTTING THROUGH TIRES LIKE STEEL EDGED KNIVES. THIS IS REAL LIFE WITH A REAL DANGER. WHEN YOU HAVE 8,000-POUNDS AND LOOSE CONTROL ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. Reporter: ONE TRUCKING COMPANY LOST 30 TIRES IN A REACH. RON REACHED OUT TO PENDOT AND THE CONTRACTOR AND THEN TO US. IN 24 HOURS THAT WE CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT SOMETHING WAS GOING TO GET DONE. Reporter: PENDOT DIDN’T MESA ROUND. SAW THE DANGER IMMEDIATELY. I HATE IT. WE NEED TO FIX THE ISSUE WE NEED TO GET THE ROADWAY SAFE AND AVOID PEOPLE GETTING FLATS. Reporter: PENDOT ORDER THE CONTRACTOR TO MAKE IMMEDIATE CHANGES. THEY ACTUALLY PUT NEW PLATES ON THAT ARE ACTUALLY SHORTER. Reporter: SO THE NEW PLATES OUT HERE AREN’T EXPECTED TO CUT TIRES. HOWEVER PENDOT STILL ISN’T CONVINCED. IF WE CONTINUE TO HAVE THE FLAT TIRE ISSUE WE WILL HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER SOLUTION WHICH I DON’T KNOW YET WHAT IT MIGHT BE. THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS THE CONTRACTOR SAID THAT ALL OF THOSE METAL PLATES YOU SAW ARE FIXED, THE CONTRACTOR ALSO AGREED TO PAY FOR TIRE DAMAGE THAT HAPPENED IN THE WORK ZONE HERE. THERE’S A NUMBER IF YOU HAVE A CLAIM. IT’S 724-696-3341. PUSH 0, ASK FOR THE OPERATOR. THEY WILL DIRECT YOU FURTHER. WE WILL HAVE THAT NUMBER ON THE WEBSITE. BIG PROBLEM THOUGH. PRETTY TIGHT. 14 MILES AN HOUR THOSE THINGS STICKING OUT . IT’S LIKE ONE OF THOSE GLADIATOR MOVIES. THE METAL PLATE PULLED AWAY FROM THE CEMENT WALL AND CREATED THIS EDGE AND CUT THROUGH TIRES. NOT ONLY THAT BUT THE WHEEL WAS DAMAGED SIGNIFICANTLY. Reporter: THEY CUT THE PLATES AND PUT THEM BACK ON THE WALL. THEY DON’T KNOW IF THAT’S A SOLUTION. THEY CAN’T MAKE THAT LANE WIDER. THEY CAN’T. Reporter: FOR NOW THEY SAY GO THROUGH SLOW BUT EVEN PENDOT SAID IT’S A PROBLEM THEY DON’T KNOW IF IT’S FIXED. YOU COULD SEE THE DIFFERENCE OF THE CARS GOING THROUGH AND THE TRUCKS MUCH WIDER. Reporter: AND THEY WERE HITTING THE GRATE ON THE OTHER SIDE, THE SEWAGE GRATE AND IT WAS FLIPPING UP AND PUSHING THEM CLOSER TO THE WALL AND THESE PLATES. BAD PROBLEM. YEAH. Reporter: PENDOT DID STEP UP REALLY FAST. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM AND YOU WANT TO GET MARTY YOU CAN E- MAIL GET MARTY AT KDKA.COM OR

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