State Transportation Dept. listens

On June 17 Orleans Police say an Isuzu Rodeo was going east on Route 6A by the exit 12 ramp from Route 6 when it collided with a Jeep also going east that allegedly tried to pass the Isuzu on the right. The impact sent the Jeep tumbling over an an embankment into the underground mall lot landing upside down on the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School playground.

But  concerned citizens have to help as well
Danger to school children at play remedied after cctoday asks

Back in June you may recall the photo above and the story about a car which crashed into the playground of the Orleans charter school on Route 6-A opposite the southbound on ramp to Route 6 at Exit 12.

exit12map_400At the time a member of our staff posted the below comment on the story  and sent the Mass. Highway Department a letter with the map on the right.

What is AMAZING, is that no one was killed. Students from the Lighthouse Charter School play there most days. I have always been shocked that there is no guardrail there, just a wood split rail fence. I've been expecting this to happen for years. I just told the Mass Highway Dept. about this story and pleaded with them to quickly install a heavy duty guardrail there to protect the extremely vulnerable children.

I urge all of you to call or email them here to urge them to fix this long overdue oversight. See the website.

I contacted them and will report back here to let you know what their response was or wasn't. If I had a kid there, I'd be jumping up and down freaking out.

What the State did in response

 On Friday our staff member received the following email from the Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works and the result of his efforts are shown in the photograph below:

-----Original Message-----
From: "Feedback (EOT)" <[email protected]>
Subject: RE: missing guardrail kills student

Thank you for your e-mail.  Sorry for the delayed response.

Please know that the Massachusetts Highway Department installed a guardrail along this stretch in the past couple of weeks.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works

Below is what the state did at the accident scene.
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