New street lights SCDOT compliant | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | May 19, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: May 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
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.