Poll: Few take a shine to new bridge lights

An earlier illustration of the decorative lights shows them shining red although the state says red and green have been ruled out because they are used for Coast Guard navigation lights. An earlier illustration of the decorative lights shows them shining red although the state says red and green have been ruled out because they are used for Coast Guard navigation lights.

An earlier illustration of the decorative lights shows them shining red, although the state says red and green have been ruled out because they are used for Coast Guard navigation lights.

An earlier illustration of the decorative lights shows them shining red, although the state says red and green have been ruled out because they are used for Coast Guard navigation lights.

A poll suggests that those colorful ‘decorative’  lights on the new Sakonnet River Bridge aren’t winning many admirers.

The poll, posted late last week on the website for this newspaper, Eastbayri.com, asks viewers their opinion of the new lights — Do you love them, loathe them or don’t really care?

The results was of 8 a.m. Tuesday …

• Loathe them — 78 votes (43.82 percent)

• Don’t really care — 62 votes (34.83 percent)

• Love them — 38 votes, (21.35 percent)

Or viewed another way, 140 of the 178 who responded voted for either Loathe them or Don’t really care — 78.65 percent.

One reader remarked, “The bulbs have never all been on at once with always a few out which looks poor. Get them working right and look after them or shut them off. ”

Said another, “To be honest, I don’t really care. As long as the residents of Tiverton and Little Compton are being treated like the red-headed stepchildren of Rhode Island with the imposition of this tax (bridge toll) to access the rest of out county and state, I refuse to ever cross that bridge.”

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3 Comments

  1. Bruce Epke said:

    I have one question for those people who professed to love this expensive, afterthought pseudo-art: “Do you have to look at them from your property all night every night, or do you just get a momentary little buzz from them when you drive over the bridge?”

    The RIDOT bureaucrats sitting in their Providence offices simply wanted their new creation to look spiffy in pictures on their walls and resumes, and online. The lights aren’t on all night in THEIR backyards.

    I can hardly bring myself to glance in that direction when they’re on; and when I do, I get a knot in my stomach as if the entire DOT is flicking me the bird.

    They tell us that the drawings were presented to the public at one of the last of their interminable bridge meetings, and that it “met with the approval” of the folks at the meeting. To my recollection the DOT videotaped all of those meetings in their entirety. Can they produce a video of that meeting that shows them carefully explaining that the regular streetlights will cost X amount, and these “decorative” lights will cost an additional $675,000, and “let’s put that expenditure to a vote, shall we?”

  2. Joe Sousa said:

    At one point a third of them didn’t work . That percentage dropped a little but some of the poles only half light . In time these expensive lights will cost more than they are worth .The shabby job is already under repair . The State Legislature requires a percentage of the Budget for Public works projects be used for Art . These lights are suppose to be Art . I’d rather see the money wasted go for maintenance . In RI we really don’t need these bad Regulations that waste so much . People on the North side can’t see them because the old bridge is in the way . Your the lucky one’s ?

  3. Grace Simpson said:

    I think the lights are great. Its about time something unique is given to the communities is this area. I think it bring physique and a little “show” to the bridge and its more pleasant to try something new.

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