Cape Girardeau cyclist suing city for dangerous drain grates; city replaces grates | Southeast Missourian newspaper, Cape Girardeau, MO

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[Phillip] Allen is suing the city of Cape Girardeau because of injuries he suffered while riding his bicycle on a street.

In April 2014, he was cycling west on Independence Street when a wheel of his bicycle was caught in the groove of a bar drainage grate, and he was flung to the ground.

Cape Girardeau attorney Al Spradling III said Allen suffered a broken wrist in the crash and needed surgery, according to court records. . .

The city of Cape Girardeau replaced the grates on Independence Street shortly after the accident. City engineer Casey Brunke said the original grates were installed by the Missouri Department of Transportation when it oversaw a joint street project more than 20 years ago. The new grates run perpendicular to the street.

“We found some grates that did not meet the current standards,” Brunke said.

Spradling said the city replacing grates could not be used by Allen’s attorneys in the case. He said he is not sure whether MoDOT could be held liable for the grates.

MoBikeFed comment: In the early 2000s, MoBikeFed worked with MoDOT to update standards for drain grates. Since that time, MoDOT has required installation of bicycle-safe drain grates in all circumstances where bicyclists may encounter them.

As this article points out, many unsafe grates remain across Missouri, because they were installed before current standards were in place.