City to proceed with streetlight improvements


Daily file photo by Sean Su

Aldermen heard a presentation from city staff Monday night about street light improvements for the Emerson-Green Bay-Ridge improvement project.

Elena Sucharetza, Assistant City Editor

City staff will move forward in the coming months on streetlight improvements as part of a larger capital project at the intersection of Emerson Street, Ridge Avenue and Green Bay Road.

Improvements to the streetlights include replacing all the mercury vapor light fixtures with more energy efficient LED fixtures, which require less future maintenance. Existing streetlights are also being relocated due to street widening and maintenance at the intersection, assistant city manager Marty Lyons said. These relocations are in addition to changes to the current light fixtures to enhance street visibility for pedestrians.

Lyons said about 50 light poles would have to be replaced for the project.

Additional improvements could include adding pedestrian specific lights by mounting a shorter light facing the sidewalk.

To meet budget deadlines for the project, a decision needed to be made about whether to keep the existing distance between the light poles, Lyons said. Most aldermen agreed to keep the existing distance rather than make adjustments. The height of the light poles will also remain at 30 feet.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, most aldermen preferred to keep this design instead of using shorter poles that would not spill as much light on surrounding areas but would require more light poles along the street.

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