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Reader Submission: RIDOT’s idea of a sidewalk

A reader sent in these photos from the new Friendship Street bridge over Route 95.

friendship bridge 001

friendship bridge 002

Thanks RIDOT.

Update 12/01: Our reader sends in a possible fix for this signage:

Ped Walk

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11 Responses to Reader Submission: RIDOT’s idea of a sidewalk

  1. RunawayJim November 29, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    Is that even legal? Are they supposed to be accessible, as in passable by a wheelchair? The city makes us shovel a 3 foot path in the winter, which makes me assume there should always be at least 3 feet of sidewalk available. It doesn’t look like that exists on that corner in the pic.

    I just don’t get it. Why build a nice new sidewalk only to block it? Couldn’t they have gotten rid of 2 of those poles and combined them all on a single pole? I mean, they’re all in the same freakin’ direction!

    It reminds me of when the city put in new poles on Admiral Street for the stop lights for the fire station. It’s this enormous pole right smack in the middle of the sidewalk. They could have easily strung the light from the wires above.

  2. Andy November 30, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    This is so frustrating, makes me want to scream!

  3. Tangorre November 30, 2010 at 3:44 am #

    Thank you for your comment regarding wheelchairs, that was my first thought as well. I don’t know the specifics of ADA, but I would think someone could file suit against DOT for a violation of it.

  4. Jef Nickerson November 30, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    It is another example of how far RIDOTs thinking still has to come. There were several community meetings last year, and someone brought this issue up; putting crap in the sidewalks. The person asked, since we are building streets from scratch, can’t we keep signs, and traffic light control boxes and such out of the center of the sidewalks. RIDOTs response was, “they have to go somewhere.” I said, well why not in the middle of the street? You have no problem blocking pedestrian access with this type of clutter, why not block vehicle access with it instead. I was being facetious (kind of) but that went right over the RIDOT representatives head.

    And then they went and built this.

  5. Jen Coleslaw November 30, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    How in the world is that ADA compliant?! If we can’t plant trees on sidewalks because it would make the sidewalk too narrow LEGALLY, how is it that this is ok?

  6. Joe November 30, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    The sidewalk is within compliance with ADA standards. The specification calls for 36″ minimum clearance at the narrowest point. The narrowest point of the sidewalk through this area is 43.5″

  7. Jef Nickerson November 30, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    YAY! 43.5″!

    Please sir, could I have some more?

  8. Jen Coleslaw November 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    Really? There’s 43 inches between the sign post and the railing? someone go out there and measure it. I know that i might not be very good with maths and measurements what with being brought up thinking that
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    is 8 inches but come on!

  9. jack November 30, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    We should rename “RIDOT” “RIDAT”: RI Department of Automobile Transportation. We are lucky there is even a crosswalk at this intersection. One of those signs should say “Good Luck”.

  10. Adam December 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    That does NOT look like 36″ at all! I really want to measure it now.

    Speaking of RIDOT and sidewalks, has anyone seen the completed Rte 403 Relocation Project pedestrian accommodations along Frenchtown Road in East Greenwich? There are NONE. This was all new construction and yet there are no sidewalks, no crosswalks, nothing but a small shoulder and a small sidewalk on the bridge portion of Frenchtown Road only. How, in this day and age, did nobody ever think of this?

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