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W.J. Whatley, Inc., manufacturer of composite light poles and lamp posts, announced a new product line — decorative base covers for traffic signal poles.
This product was developed for the city of Vancouver, Wash. to custom match the historic lamp posts existing throughout the city. The signal pole covers were part of the Mill Plain Extension road construction project that improved access from downtown to the historic Port of Vancouver. The project included reproduction of historic lamp posts and design of signal pole base covers to match the lamp post design. A two-piece, clamshell base cover was constructed and installed around the existing traffic signal poles.
According to Howard Long, Traffic Engineer Signals and Lighting for the City of Vancouver, “”The city needed a custom base cover to fit standard signal light poles of various diameters — Whatley’s composite design fit the bill.”” Whatley’s design allowed base covers for various diameter poles to be produced from a single mold, simplifying the process and reducing the cost to the city. Whatley created a wooden pattern carved to match the historic lamp post base covers in a larger scale to accommodate three different diameters of traffic signal poles.
Whatley’s ornamental lamp posts, base covers and lighting poles are available in hundreds of colors and are custom made to match existing historic designs or to meet exacting design specifications. Whatley uses composite materials making them stronger and more durable than traditional cast aluminum or cast iron products. Impact resistant and non-conductive materials reduce liability for municipalities, while the non-corrosive, scratch and graffiti resistant surface reduces maintenance costs. One person can easily install the lightweight base covers on new or on existing poles, saving hundreds of dollars in labor and replacement costs.
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