Boston removes 23 light poles from bridges, city councilor requests audit after woman struck

The City of Boston has removed 23 light poles from city-area bridges after a 35-year-old woman was struck when of the installations toppled onto her on Tuesday.

The woman was walking on the Evelyn Moakley Bridge in the Seaport when she was struck. According to the Boston Police Department, the woman’s injuries were considered to be non-life threatening.

“Today, city officials and the Department of Public Works informed us that they had removed any pole that was not deemed completely satisfactory and installed temporary lighting for the area. Moreover, they inspected all bridge poles on city owned bridges in the area today,” said Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn in a statement.

According to Flynn’s office, Moakley Bridge is open to pedestrians while temporary lighting is up.

“In addition, Public Works conveyed that they are working closely with their bridge engineers and design consultants to ensure that the replacements can withstand the elements of salt water and sea air which led to this incident,” said Flynn.

Additionally, Flynn said that he is requesting a full audit of the bridges and light poles to ensure that ensure they are held to high safety standards.

“Moreover, due to the corrosion and deterioration caused by salt water and sea air, it would be appropriate to place an emphasis on all light poles located on bridges, as well as prioritizing those in close proximity to the ocean.”

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