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DOT begins fixing broken flag poles along I-490

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After three broken flag poles were taken down last week, the DOT  re-installed two new poles along I-490.

DOT spokesperson Jordan Guerrein confirmed the replacement Monday afternoon in a new statement.

Last week, the DOT said the poles were removed because rigging and lighting issues made it so they could no longer fly flags.

Guerrein wrote, “We have discussed the possibility of having an outside entity or veterans’ organization take over the maintenance of these flagpoles in our right-of-way, however it’s been determined that it would be too dangerous to do so.”

In a statement Monday Acting State DOT Commissioner, Paul Karas clarified, “Late last week, DOT temporarily removed three flag poles that were in a state of disrepair. We have addressed the immediate issues and are reinstalling two of the flag poles tonight as we work to identify a permanent location where all three flag poles can be properly maintained safely in the long term. On behalf of the Department, I sincerely apologize to anyone who may have been offended, particularly our veterans and other service members who have served our nation so bravely.”

In a tweet, Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini said the town is working with the DOT to take over maintenance for the flag.

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