Moderated by Tom Sabulis
Considering metro Atlanta’s big transportation issues, a stolen road grate seems like a minor nuisance — until you drive into the hole created by one’s disappearance, or more of your tax money goes to replace them. Today, the Georgia Department of Transportation writes about the escalating problem of thieves uprooting roadway grates and selling them as scrap metal. A statewide recyclers’ trade group responds.
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Storm grate thefts cost us all
By Brent Story
The recent proliferation of storm grate thefts in metro Atlanta brings attention to what is a dangerous and potentially deadly situation. This is not limited to the Atlanta area; it’s a rampant statewide pattern of thefts.
Thousands of grates have been stolen over the past year, taxing Georgia Department of Transportation resources. The replacement cost for each grate exceeds $650, and more than 600 have been stolen just in the Atlanta area since January. Replacing