Many of our neighbors say they’re worried about safety since the Grant Street Bridge was closed, after an inspection by the DOH revealed serious damages, forcing the City to close down the bridge.
During the Board of Directors meeting, residents asked the city to assist with specific clean-up measures, on the North Side and East End of Bluefield, including clearing out tree limbs and installing speed bumps in the neighborhood.
City Manager Dane Rideout has confirmed, the city has started removing tree limbs on the East End and they’ll be installing 16 speed bumps throughout the streets.
Numerous residents say their biggest worry is safety, specifically along Hardy Street, stating the condition of the road isn’t good for traffic and not wide enough for fire trucks, which could slow down their response time.
The National Fire Protection Association’s Response Time Standards gives fire responders an 80 second turnout time, which is the period from when dispatch alerts a fire unit of an emergency to when the department leaves the station, with the expected response time to the scene being 8 minutes.
Rideout says the response time for the fire department has increased about two minutes, stating it still meets code standards.
The city has worked out an agreement with Norfolk Southern to access a service road, which will take 30 seconds off the response time.