Wednesday, June 11, 2014

On Guard

Residential street, Port Perry

This may not look strange to you, but the guard rail in the middle of a residential street seems very different to me.  The street runs parallel to Lake Scugog. On the left side of the photo, cars drive toward where I was standing (a dead end). To go back down the street, they go to the right and up over the hill. 

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42 comments:

Revrunner said...

I'm guessing officials were concerned that the stone retaining wall wasn't enough to retain cars.

Jacquelineand.... said...

I have to agree that it does look a bit odd.

Andy said...

Road engineers. Aren't they wonderful?
PS: The next time you are in Port Perry checkout the new business on the corner of Mary St. and Perry St. It used to be the local LCBO store.

Margaret Adamson said...

Double fenced!! whatever the meaning!

Roan said...

Looks a bit strange. Maybe the idea is to protect the stone wall. Interesting. Looks like a beautiful neighborhood.

William Kendall said...

I would have to agree with revrunner and roan on this one.

Tanya Breese said...

seems a bit overkill!

Kathy said...

Guardrails usually guard against something. I with the others on keeping the retaining wall safe.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Hmm..guess they needed a guard rail to protect the stone wall. seems a bit much, but you know..we are a world of crazy drivers sometimes.

Sandra said...

it is strange but it makes a great photo op

see you there! said...

Wonder if there previously had been an accident or something. Odd placement of guard rail but great photo op.

Darla

TexWisGirl said...

no center stripe needed! wow!

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

I agree. It seems odd (and not so attractive). I wonder why the guard rail is necessary.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Just another example of your tax dollars working in mysterious ways.

RedPat said...

Strange for sure, EG!

Halcyon said...

Someone probably had an accident there once and now it's considered "dangerous". It does make for an interesting photo though!

Debbie said...

So interesting, it made for a wonderful image!!

Lowell said...

Perhaps it was determined to be cheaper to build the road over the than to bulldoze the hill. And because it's so close to the alternate direction they put up a safety rail?

Stephanie said...

It does seem odd.

Rose said...

You know, come to think of it, I can only thing of one residentual area that I have seen that has a guard rail...and that is down home. I had not thought how odd it is.

cieldequimper said...

With what they are doing here, I'm used to the strangest street furniture now...

Linda W. said...

An unusual type of fence, but it does do the job! Very creative.

Gail Dixon said...

Very different! But something bad may have happened there before.

Anvilcloud said...

Oh I see. Looks like two different streets until explained.

Michelle said...

I would guess that an accident occurred, at some point, that prompted the guard rail.

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, I DO agree with others that there must have been an accident there. Surely the guard rail must let the drivers know the width of the road, maybe p;)

Sending you lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Randy said...

I like that stone wall.

eileeninmd said...

Double protection must be needed in that spot. But, I also thought the stone wall is more for retaining the hillside.. Great capture for your fence post.

Judy said...

I sort of wonder what the road looked like 75 years ago...

TexWisGirl said...

thanks again, camera girl!

Mary said...

Interesting, and all the angles make a great photo.

Small City Scenes said...

It does seem a bit different. MB

Small City Scenes said...

It does seem a bit different. MB

Felicia said...

very nice capture, love the leading lines of both fences even if one is a guide rail.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Visually, I like how it's sandwiched between two old stone walls.
Rinda

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Nice find! I guess they didn't want to have to replace that stonework on the retaining wall should a car veer off the street.

bailey-road.com said...

Unique!

Andrea Priebe said...

Personally I think they look very artistic together and if they serve a purpose at the same time, you can't go wrong. Interesting to say the least ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

marilyn said...

is there a saying somewhere that states 'two fences are better than one' ?

thirtysevenandcounting said...

It may look odd, but definitely looks necessary! Personally, I think I'd like it a little taller, for those slippery, wintry months.

Visiting from Good Fences #12,

~Lindy

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

On that road, I'm thinking two is better than none - yikes. Nice shot!

edenhills said...

That does seem a bit odd and inefficient.

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