Oops! Handful of Huntsville’s manhole covers show unfortunate mistake

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A WHNT News 19 viewer has an interesting question. How do you correct a misspelled manhole cover?

'Huntsville' is misspelled in this manhole cover in front of WHNT News 19 on Holmes Avenue.
Our city’s name is misspelled ‘Huntsivlle’ on this manhole cover in front of WHNT News 19 on Holmes Avenue. It’s also misspelled on a few others throughout the city.  See the full image.

Joel Elliott brought the error to our attention on Twitter. He’s absolutely right.. the city’s name is misspelled ‘Huntsivlle.’

There’s more than one of them.  We stepped outside WHNT News 19, on Holmes Avenue, to check the manhole covers on the sidewalk.  Two of the three covers we found had Huntsville misspelled “Huntsivlle.”

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WHNT News 19 reached out to a representative with the City of Huntsville to see if this is a known error or a surprise.

Shane Davis, Director of Urban Development, had this response:

“From the photo, this cover is a very old cover. Our standard manhole cover design has changed over the years. The current design (since 2003) has been the below image.

The City of Huntsville has used this design for its standard manhole cover since 2003. (Photo: City of Huntsville)
The City of Huntsville has used this design for its standard manhole cover since 2003. (Photo: City of Huntsville)

I am not sure who manufactured the misspelled manhole cover that was submitted. Based on the diameter, it appears to be a standard from 1970s. This the first manhole cover misspelling I have seen. I would not think this would be a large scale issue. East Jordan Iron Works produces most of the City’s manhole covers. However, a private developer can purchase from several vendors. Any vendor of manhole products must conform to our design standards. This particular manhole may have been installed under this scenario and the spelling was missed during the inspection years ago. Public Works can issue a work order to change out the manhole cover.”

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