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Yes, they should have relocated the posts six months ago when the sidewalk slabs the post stood on. The posts caused the sidewalk to sink and caused a tripping hazard.
Mr. Stublen is wrong, the posts were never compliant with the FDOT own compliance guide lines,NONE of the posts are on the edge of the right of way. They are closer to the middle of the sidewalk.
You don't have to be an engineer to look at the lamp posts and see how they were placed with no regard to pedestrians or the disabled. For an example of the correct way to place a lamp post, look at the lamp posts on Honorey Ave., just south of Bee Ridge. Sarasota County maintains that road and they do a good job on safety.
Please take a look at this YouTube video which shows what it is like at night on the Bee Ridge sidewalk. Also, when the lamp post are located off the sidewalk on the far side from the road, they would also provide more light for pedestrians using the sidewalk.
Pedestrians are being injured and probably killed because of such a basic common sense thing. Please don't block the sidewalk!
I think they worked on the sidewalk six months ago following up on my previous complaints. The lamp posts had caused the sidewalk to sink causing a tripping hazard. I don't know if it was the county or state who did that work, but they did do a good job making the sidewalk less bumpy.
I think Mr. Stublin of the FDOT is just trying to say anything that sounds good. The lamp posts were never in ADA Compliance. If the FDOT considered pedestrians the posts would never have been installed in the middle of the sidewalk. They would not have to purchase land if they installed in the medium of the street (completely off the sidewalk) or at to one side of the sidewalk.
For a proper example of lamp post location look at the lamp posts on Honorey, just south of Bee Ridge. Sarasota County did a great job of proper lamp post installation and bicycle lanes.
Anyone who looks at the lamp posts on Bee Ridge can tell there was no consideration to pedestrians or disabled people. We have a right to equal and safe access to travel on the sidewalk.
If the FDOT is not forced to relocate the lamp posts they will continue to obstruct the sidewalks of Florida. Hundreds of people will continue to be injured and perhaps killed.
I also think Sarasota County should get involved and not just say it is up to the FDOT. Sarasota County and City should sue the FDOT your county residents are the people being injured.
If you believe pedestrians, the elderly, disabled people in wheel chairs, blind people, and cyclists are being denied equal access to the sidewalk please send and email to "firstname.lastname@example.org" and lodge an ADA Compliance Complaint against the Florida Department of Transportation and ask for them to be forced to relocate non-compliant street lamp posts.
This should have been considered months ago... There was a sidewalk project just completed less than six months ago...
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