Updated 5:30 pm
A vehicle suffered a fuel spill Wednesday at the hose ramp across Beach Road. Scanner traffic suggested it might have been a bus. A slick smelling of diesel stretched from the bump far up the road past Net Result. A MassDOT worker spreading absorbent granules on the spill Wednesday afternoon said something similar happened Tuesday.
Some motorists have also allegedly suffered tire damage from bolts that have begun to pop up in the hose ramp. The ramp was installed on Beach Road to protect a hose running from the Citgo gas station to the harbor.
Tisbury Police Chief Mark Saloio said his department recently received four complaints about the ramp recently, but none specifically about tire damage. Chief Saloio said the contractor has been notified, and has hired a police detail. Select board chair Jim Rogers expressed frustration at the situation. He said Tisbury has “no control” over the section of Beach Road the ramp runs across, and jurisdiction falls under the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). “There’s nobody here from MassDOT,” he said earlier in the day when the state agency wasn’t present.
Just before 11 am Wednesday morning, two Tisbury Police officers on foot were monitoring the ramp area, and a cluster of pulled bolts could be seen on the sidewalk. On the ramp, several bolts could be seen protruding from their recesses. Later in the day, an officer in a cruiser could be seen watching the ramp from Beach Street Extension.
“If anyone has vehicle damage,” Rogers said, they should certainly make a claim to the owner of Citgo [Drake Petroleum Co.] and copy the Tisbury Police. We’ll work with them to make sure they get taken care of.”
A spokesperson for MassDOT could not immediately be reached for comment.
Chief Saloio expressed concern that removal of bolts could diminish the structural integrity of the ramp. He said he hopes it will remain stable.
Updated to include diesel slick. — Ed.