New Streetlight And Signage Coming To Dark Curve On Upper Gardner Street
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A dark and dangerous curve on upper Gardner Street in South Hingham will be getting a new streetlight thanks to a citizen’s request. The bend in the road, which is located near the Mormon Church and is narrower than the rest of the street, is not well lit, and it has been the site of serious accidents in recent years.
One car that was traveling at a high rate of speed hit the stone wall in front of 371 Gardner Street and flipped over landing on its hood on the opposite side of the road. The driver was wearing a seatbelt. While shaken up, he walked away unscathed.
Another driver knocked down the telephone pole in front of 371 Gardner. She left behind debris from her car and dragged telephone wires for miles before being pulled over in Rockland.
During their meeting last night, the Traffic Committee voted to recommend to the Board of Selectmen that a streetlight be installed. “This was brought to us by a resident on the Rockland side,” said Officer Jeff Kilroy. “He’s brought up a valid concern about the lighting in the area of 371 Gardner Street.”
Officer Kilroy visited the location with Randy Sylvester of the Department of Public Works (DPW) and conferred with Hingham Municipal Light Plant (HMLP). “I spoke with Mike Menton and Paul Heanue from the HMLP,” said Kilroy, “and they agreed that a light could be installed at that location.
There are already signs approaching the curve on either side; however, DPW plans to install more. “They would hope to get adequate signage,” said Kilroy. “There’s some question that maybe having some other Chevron or hashmark style signage would be included in that.”
Sylvester said the signs would go up at the end of next week.