Kenan Fountain, at the intersection of 5th and Market, was struck by a car back in August. The repairs have finally been made and the lighting upgraded that allegedly will stop folks from hitting the fountain in the future, or at least reduce such crashes. But, and this is the funny (sad) part, it probably won’t. And the folks that are most disappointed are the ones that approved the solution.
(StarNews) - “Obviously, the current (improved?) lighting is somewhat amateurish,” Councilwoman Margaret Haynes wrote in an email to top city leaders. “The LED lights in the street lamps are garish and cold. I can’t imagine how on earth the so-called lighting improvements could have cost $8000+. We can do better than this.”
Councilmen Charlie Rivenbark and Neil Anderson wrote back that they, too, were dissapointed in the results.
Having driven by the fountain several times since the “updated” lighting I can say the lights actually make it harder to see the fountain. VERY bright lights obscure your visual field as you approach the fountain. Doesn’t mean you can’t see it, but this was NOT a solution, this is an invitation for more crashes.
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