Traffic deflectors, called bollards, installed along Carothers Avenue in Scott have sparked complaints among some residents who feel the design is inappropriate.
By Carole Gilbert Brown
The new concrete posts installed along two streets in Scott as a safety measure are the talk of the town, but much of it isn't positive.
The posts, called bollards, were installed on Carothers and Finley avenues in the Glendale section of Scott to prevent wayward traffic from running into yards and structures.
But the elongated shape and rounded top of the bollards has drawn some derision.
"People are laughing at it. They're calling it Penis Road," Glendale resident Pat Martin told the township commissioners Tuesday.
Scott manager Denise Fitzgerald said the recently installed bollards were approved by the state Department of Transportation.
Commissioner Eileen Meyers, who represents the 1st Ward, said she didn't see the bollards before they were ordered and conceded that she would have preferred "something more antique. I think they're too modern for that area."
Glendale is one of Scott's oldest neighborhoods, with some structures dating to the early 1800s.
Four of the posts were placed at a bus stop in front of St. Ignatius Church on Finley. Six were installed on Carothers, directly across from steep Magazine Street.
Commissioner Bill Wells wondered whether the tops of the offending bollards could be flattened.
"I think it would improve the appearance," he said.
Ms. Fitzgerald said she would find out the cost for such work.
Other commissioners indicated they had heard no complaints.
Commissioner Pat Caruso attributed some of the remarks to people with "weird minds."
But Mrs. Martin pointed out that a drawing of a revitalized Carothers Avenue in the township magazine in the spring depicted older-style bollards along with planters, benches and young trees.
Al Parente, who lives on Magazine Street, said he was worried about the spacing of the bollards.
"I think those posts are too far apart. I think a small car like a Volkswagen could get through," he said.
The Glendale improvement project is part of a tri-community revitalization effort spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, with more than $2 million in federal transportation funds. The effort involves Scott, Heidelberg and Carnegie. Heidelberg has completed its revitalization, but Scott and Carnegie are still working on their projects.
"People need to get their minds out of the gutters," Carnegie manager Steve Beuter said of the remarks about the bollards.
In Carnegie, the revitalization project extends from Carnegie's border with Scott on Third Street and Carothers.
Mr. Beuter said he thought the Scott portion of the project has gone well, including the parking change on Carothers from the westerly side of the street to the easterly.