Not-so-smooth sailing for Whiteland Road project

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Dustin Doyle has to almost drive in the grassy median on the newly opened section of Whiteland Road to get around the manhole covers that are a few inches above street level.

The Bargersville resident uses the road daily and said driving over the manholes could lower the pressure in his tires or cause the tires to become misaligned, risks he doesn’t want to take.

The manhole covers have been sticking out of the ground since early December, when the Johnson County Highway Department reopened the section of Whiteland Road between Saddle Club Road and State Road 135.

The manholes are used by construction crews working in the storm sewers below the street and are important to help drain the road, highway department director Luke Mastin said.

He said the manholes will not damage motorists’ cars, but the county temporarily removed some of the manholes that stuck up higher to prevent them from causing problems. When the county removed the manholes, workers put asphalt over the area where the manhole used to be, Mastin said.

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