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by | May 19, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: May 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm

The decorative lightposts, part of the now completed first phase of Walterboro’s I-95 Loop Project, are drawing some complaints.
When the poles began appearing in the middle of the new sidewalks on South Jefferies Boulevard, some residents voiced their concern to city officials.
At least one wheelchair-bound resident suggested the placement of the lightposts hinders handicapped access to the sidewalk.
The lights, according to City Manager Jeff Molinari, are where they needed to be to be compliant with South Carolina Department of Transportation regulations.
SCDOT’s regulations focus on the location of the street lamps, not the posts. Their concern is the amount of light the street lamps put out and the light’s affect on motorists traveling through the area.
The SCDOT regulations call for the lamps providing the light on roadways to be 18 inches from the standing curb. Since the lamp sits atop a straight decorative pole, that means the lightpost has to be 18 inches from the curb.
“They are where SCDOT wants them,” Molinari said.
The lightposts are ADA compliant, Molinari added. The sidewalk has to have a minimum clearance of 32 inches to comply with the federal ADA regulations. “In most of the areas, it is 35 inches. It is fully compliant,” Molinari said.
The decorative lampposts installed on North Jefferies Boulevard will be used on the approaches to the downtown area. They match the lampposts installed on East Washington Street.
In sections of the loop project nearer the I-95 entrances into the city, Molinari added, a different type of streetlight will be used.
The head of the light fixture will still have to be 18 inches from the standing curb but they will be sitting atop an armed light post, which means the posts aren’t in the middle of the sidewalk.

comments » 7

  1. Comment by Frances thomas

    May 19, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Make the side walk wider where the post r so wheel chairs can still be on the concrete

  2. Comment by J.H. Lewis

    May 19, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Who said a sidewalk has to adjoin the highway to begin with?
    There should have been an easement between the pavement curb and the sidewalk.
    Clearly no competent planning was done.
    I’ve traveled. I’ve NEVER seen anything SO RIDICULOUS LOOKING in my life and I am 51.
    Leave it to the powers that be in Colleton County to further make Walterboro the laughing stock of ALL WHO PASS THRU this part of small town America.
    Rather Unrespectfully yours,
    J. Lewis

  3. Comment by Dorothy Gerard

    May 20, 2016 at 8:09 am

    To heck with regulation I thought this was beautification….OH WELL WALTERBORO DID IT AGAIN!!!!!??????? GOVERNMDNT AT ITS BEST

  4. Comment by William Harvey

    May 20, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Apparently, the “compliance” was an “afterthought” after so many people complained. Again, it’s an eyesore with those streetlights being overshadowed by the power lines above the street. Poor planning, if I must say so.

  5. Comment by James Hadaway

    May 20, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    That are not in a good spot because I am in a wheelchair and my chair will not go down the side walk and around the light poles . So if I am using the sidewalk when I get to them I will have to leave the sidewalk. They nee to be moved off of the sidewalk.

  6. Comment by William Harvey

    May 21, 2016 at 1:15 am

    I’m NOT in a wheelchair…but, these dimensions they say are “approed” are barely enough to let a person in a chair pass through without crushing a finger or the wheel passing off the sidewalk. “Just getting by” the “standards” is NOT enough. PERIOD. James Hadaway, I’m on your side. Not only is it tacky for the city that claims itself as the “front porch of the lowcountry”….but, that “front porch” moniker makes Walterboro sound like they just let people drive by while the people wave as they pass on through.

  7. Comment by William Harvey

    May 21, 2016 at 1:18 am

    By the way: City council meeting is set for the first Tuesday in June….how about everyone that commented attend? I know I’m going to be there, if only to observe.

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