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Updated — Question of the Day: A Badly Placed Pole?

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Update: Patch received the following email from Wendy Curry:

"The dangerously placed traffic poles at Broadway and Franklin have been removed, and there are squares painted on the ground much closer to the curb, so it appears they will be placed in a considerably safer fashion. I am truly gratified that the Traffic Department did the right thing, and thanks to the combined efforts of Legis. Kopel's office, the Patch, calls from concerned pedestrian's — no one will get hurt."

Original post follows.

Five Towns Patch received the attached pictures from reader Wendy Curry, who is very concerned about a recently installed pole at the corner of Broadway and Franklin in Hewlett, which she called "extremely dangerous."

"They are placed smack in the dead center of the sidewalk and if you were to turn the corner in front of Aqua or Mixology you would walk smack into the posts," she wrote. "Regardless of the legality, someone is undeniable going to get hurt, they are not connected yet, and this situation is a danger to our pedestrians."

She added that she contacted the office of Legis. Howard Kopel and the Nassau County Traffic Department, who told her it would look into the pole.

What do you think of these poles? Will you contact our local elected officials about them? What can be done?

GOPgrump August 03, 2011 at 12:12 PM
These poles are monuments to the Law of Unintended Consequences. They're mercifully ADA-compliant, and a menace to everyone else.
ed goldstein August 03, 2011 at 12:59 PM
These poles seem permanent. As to ADA, I don't know. But I'd like to hear a PE weigh in on the subject. I think someone misread a blueprint.
Mark Cohen August 04, 2011 at 02:01 AM
agree with you wholeheartedly, GOPgrump.
Jerome J. Levenberg August 04, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Definitely an impediment to fleeing purse snatchers.
Mark Cohen August 05, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Nice job! Thank you Legislator Kopel for getting this fixed so quickly and also to the Patch for getting the issue noticed in the first place. Win-win for everyone!
GOPgrump August 05, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Well, whaddaya know...the system works. This story restores my faith in elected officials and the media (at least in Howard Kopel and Five Towns Patch).
Josephine August 10, 2011 at 12:39 AM
Well, whaddaya know.. no it doesn't. This article was written by a Robboblogger.. disguised as the five towns patch. Only say nice thing and you won get censored like I did.. My 82 yearold Mom live down the Block and never had a problem.
Stephen J. Bronner August 10, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Roboblogger is an aggregator that pulls content from multiple sites on the Internet.
Josephine August 10, 2011 at 04:35 PM
A computer generated program used by Editors, for news or as a substitute,, whatever I wish Roboblogger can help me finish off my two essays due haha but I can not access Roboblogger cause I am not an editor.So back to work..
Josephine August 10, 2011 at 04:54 PM
BTW, Mr. Bronner I remember you telling me you don't know such " Roboblogger". You should have told me yesterday.. I wouldn't have wasted the day researching what " Roboblogger" is..

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