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Tires flattened by pipeline replacement in Hillcrest is a problem

Car and business owners are blaming the Pipeline Project for flattened tires and interruptions of water service.
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ABC 10

Hillcrest vehicle owners are experiencing more flat tires than usual lately and they are blaming the recent Pipeline Replacement currently underway in the neighborhood.

In an ongoing project, Burtech Pipeline is replacing four miles of pipeline in Hillcrest, University Heights and North Park.

The temporary pipes are lining the curbs of Robinson Avenue and Park Boulevard.

ABC 10 News reports that there are some barriers in place but metal objects are exposed in some areas causing tires to be punctured and flattened.

Matthew Segal owns an SUV, and he told the news channel that one of his tires was recently ruined.

 "I feel unsafe, and I'm pretty disappointed in the fact that the city isn't taking the necessary steps to adequately design this piping system," he said.

Reportedly car tires are also causing pipes to burst and interrupting water service to residents and businesses.

Trust restaurant at 3752 Park Blvd. has had their water abruptly turned off recently due to these ruptures. The head chef at that eatery says he had to close down his business and turn customers away which costs him tens of thousands of dollars.

In a statement a Burtech spokeswoman said that despite their best efforts some problems will arise.

"The contractor frequently places barriers over the high line connection points and covers sections of it with asphalt, but unfortunately these breaks can happen despite their efforts to protect them. When a break is reported or detected, we work as quickly as possible to have the break fixed and water service restored."

People who have had their tires flattened by the pipes can file a claim with the city.