About 15 years ago, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation put up more than 200 decorative street lights in the Centredale and Marieville sections of North Providence.
Twenty-seven have been wiped clean from their bases by passing motorists, and are too expensive to replace at $4,200 each.
Shouldn’t the title of this piece be, “Why are so many people driving up onto the sidewalk in North Providence?”
Drivers get a certain amount of real estate in which to operate in, this is called a roadway. They don’t get to swing about wildly across the roadway and a few feet on either side of it.
“Oh boo hoo, it is so difficult to drive without knocking shit over on either side of the road.”
It’s a cautionary tale for towns getting the decorative lighting, especially when the towns take possession of the projects, and are responsible for maintaining or replacing ones that get damaged.
It’s a cautionary tale for anyone walking in North Providence, look out for people driving up onto the sidewalk knocking over decorative street lights and who knows what else.
I commented on their Facebook post with a similar idea. How about, we worry more about people who can’t dive?
Assuming police respond to the scene, why doesn’t NProv file a claim with the driver’s insurance to recoup the loss?
I think they’re mostly (all?) hit & runs. The lights are designed to breakaway, so a car striking one should not be disabled by the impact and the police wouldn’t know about it until someone saw the pole down.
How tall are the curbs? I know in my neighborhood, they just keep laying concrete down, so now the sidewalks are an inch and a half higher than the street.
Ah yes, brick sidewalks, decorative streetlights, clap three times and Presto! Suburban arterial becomes attractive pedestrian environment!
They should encourage curbside parking to protect the $4200 poles.
I wonder if the town could purchase dye packs to place inside the poles, similar to those used in banks, to tag the hit and run drivers’ cars and offer a bit of deterrence.