Friday, January 15, 2010

Obstacle Course

Last night, Will and I walked over to Oriental East Restaurant at Blair Plaza for Chinese Carry-out. I took these photos on the way.

Blair Mill Rd. This is a pile of plowed snow over the crosswalk by the entrance to Blair Plaza parking. This crosswalk is intended to get you around the construction At Blair Mill Rd. and E-W Highway. 26 Days Later! WOW. It really is like these ramps were intended to be snow-collection points. Why do the snow-plow operators aim for these?
This is already a very scary place for a pedestrian. I watched a man in a mobile chair drive through the intersection to the other side, rather than use the blocked ramp. SCARY.

A van parked in the crosswalk outside the SSIC building. The light is a reflection from the flash. No one was in the vehicle.

This is a support wire for a utility pole on Sligo, near the intersection with Fenton. The wire was obviously struck by a vehicle – probably a bus. This vehicle must be damaged. Is there any way to find out what happened from the driver? This has happened multiple times before. You can’t see it in this photo, but there is a bush here as well, and the passage is very narrow. I have nearly been taken out by bus mirrors more than once here. I keep complaining about this, but the same thing keeps happening, over and over. What is the definition of insanity?

(this photo is from 2008)
It doesn’t take a civil engineer to see that if the bus can hit a support wire on the sidewalk with enough force to snap it, then maybe it needs to be re-designed.

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