Water and Light Suggests Pause to Install New Streetlights Downtown | KBIA

Water and Light Suggests Pause to Install New Streetlights Downtown

Apr 15, 2019

Columbia’s Downtown Community Improvement District is looking toward a brighter future. A public hearing will be held Monday at the regular meeting of the Columbia City Council to discuss the installation of nearly 100 new streetlights for the Downtown Street Lights Project.

The city installed the current acorn-style streetlights in 2001. As the years have gone by, certain fixtures have been replaced with a different streetlight style, causing a mismatch of lights in the area.

Columbia Water and Light and the improvement district now want to replace the lights. They think they'll look better and boost safety.

“The project is all about the safety and welfare of those in the district,” Bob Hohenstein, executive director of the improvement district, said.

The brighter new lights would help the Columbia Police Department in several ways, according to a memo to the council. It says they will increase police visibility from afar, assist the police cameras downtown and help clear the area more efficiently while also reducing noise complaints.

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