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Citizen complaint of the day: JWay traffic light was blowin' in the wind, then it crashed to the ground

Downed traffic light on the Jamaicaway

Passing birds can now cross.

An alarmed citizen filed a 311 report about a traffic signal on the Jamaicaway inbound at Perkins Street that crashed to the ground this afternoon.

UHub learned of this complaint from the filer, who reported:

This traffic light just fell over in a gust of wind this afternoon, missing pedestrians by just a few feet.

The bottom is rusted through.

Wonder if this is a problem with other traffic lights.

I was a little worked up about it, because it came down next to my daughter.

As you can see, the signal didn't abandon its job. In the photo, it's still showing a green light - to any passing birds or aircraft - and it even continued to cycle through the lights.



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Wow, I think those things weigh something like 75 zillion thousand pounds or something. Would not want one to fall near me or my kid.

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If there is one thing I can find comical about this it's the fact that the green light is on!!!

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File this under "things I never thought to worry about".

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Typical for this area. Thank you unions.

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My father, who grew up with very little in Hyde Park, went to trade school, got a job and joined a union. He worked very hard his entire life before retiring. He was able to pay for my brother and I to go to state univ., for which we are very grateful. You're an arrogant spoiled little brat who wouldn't know a hard day's work if it bit you in the ass.

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What is that supposed to mean? Unions were the backbone of this country until Regan started to bust them up. You haven't noticed the decline of the middle class over the last 40 years while at the same time the sky high executive salaries?

In the last 40 years CEO's pay has risen over 900% while the rest of us have only seen a 12% increase. Why do you think that is?

Though we have already lost some of the benefits listed below b/c of the assault on unions take a hard look at it and maybe readjust your thinking.


You can thank unions for:

All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
Paid Vacation
Sick Leave
Social Security
Minimum Wage
Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
8-Hour Work Day
Overtime Pay
Child Labor Laws
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
40 Hour Work Week
Worker's Compensation (Worker's Comp)
Unemployment Insurance
Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
Employer Health Care Insurance
Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
Wrongful Termination Laws
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
Whistleblower Protection Laws
Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS)
Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
Sexual Harassment Laws
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Holiday Pay
Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
Privacy Rights
Pregnancy and Parental Leave
Military Leave
The Right to Strike
Public Education for Children
Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

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I guess they aren't required to do a full assessment before doing work on the light?

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When was the last time you heard of a traffic light being blown over by the wind? Please provide some citations for this.

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The thing has been hit so many times it's probably not to easy to repair.

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Does the sidewalk get salt and/or sand in the winter?

Salt could be eating away at the metal base of the pole, too.

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Yeah. A typical situation around here: driver hits the pole, backs up, carries on.

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Unless you're complaining about the job the UAW is doing in constructing cars that can stand up to hitting light poles, I don't see how this "typical" scenario (which isn't even what happened here) has anything to do with union labor.

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Yeah, there's clear unambiguous data to support this assertion. In places where traffic light maintenance workers are unionized, this happens all the time, and in places where they're nonunion, it hardly ever happens. Thank you for having provided this data and contributing to a thoughtful discussion.

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The Jamaicaway is a DCR road (formerly MDC) so the traffic lights are probably the state's responsibility. The 311 case probably gets closed with a referral to DCR.

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Somehow the DCR found out about it and fixed it, but the 311 case is still open.

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Hashtag who turned out the light? Magoo.

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