New traffic light tops council agenda


PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Does a traffic light belong at the entrance of the Gardner Seveney Sports Complex? The Portsmouth police chief thinks so. 

Portsmouth Police Chief Thomas F. Lee will request the Portsmouth Town Council to study the feasibility of installing a traffic light at the intersection of Linden Lane and East Main Road (the entrance of the Gardner Seveney Sports Complex). 

The Gardner Seveney Sports Complex is not only the game and practice location for local youth sports teams, but also the home to the Newport Polo fields and the annual Beast of the East, a collegiate rugby tournament. 

“It is hoped that a study will recommend improved safety features on East Main Rd. at Linden Lane including a traffic control light that will improve the safety of this intersection,” Lee writes in a letter to the council. 

During some polo matches and other sports games, a police officer is assigned for traffic detail. A traffic light would reduce this cost, which is unknown at this time. 

Chief Lee’s letter to the council is published verbatim below. 

Traffic Study

You can view the entire council agenda below. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road. 



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