Monday, May 25, 2015

Hey, you kids bring back our barricades!

Bit of a strange story for you, dear PhillyClout readers.

Hey, you kids bring back our barricades!

Bit of a strange story for you, dear PhillyClout readers.

City Councilman Frank Rizzo said he was driving on Paper Mill Road near Route 73 in Springfield Township earlier this week when he spotted a stretch of construction work that was being done on a sidewalk.

This is notable for one reason: the construction area was blocked off with barricades that belonged to the Philadelphia Streets Department. Rizzo knew as much because the words, "Phila Streets Hwys," were clearly stamped on the white-and-orange barricades.

What the?

Stephen Buckley, the Streets Department's Deputy Commissioner for Transportation, said a flurry of phone calls were made to Springfield Township after Rizzo showed the Streets Department photos of the barricades.

Buckley said the Streets Department was told their barricades -- which were brand-new -- had been recently found "orphaned" somewhere in Springfield Township. The township stored the barricades at their maintenance yard, and lent them out to a construction company that was doing work on Paper Mill Road.

Buckley said the city picked up "five or six" of their barricades from the township yesterday.

"It's not uncommon for us to have our stuff stolen," he said. "We asked them, as an adjacent municipality, that if they come upon stuff that clearly says it's ours, to let us know as a courtesy."

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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