Finishing Touches On 200 Of West U.’s New Streetlights Should Begin Monday

July 25, 2008

CenterPoint Energy’s installation of 200 missing hand hole covers on new streetlights should mark the completion of Phase 1 of West U.’s streetlight project. CenterPoint is scheduled to begin on Monday, and the installation should take one to two weeks.

The streetlight program was approved by city council to replace the existing Cobra Head lights. The city paid for the lights and installation, but maintenance and repair will fall under CenterPoint. During Phase 1, 644 lights were installed.

Beach says few problems were encountered during the installation, but the city will adjust how the trees are trimmed during Phase 2. In Phase 1, city employees used a 15-foot pole to determine what foliage to trim – during the next go-around, Beach says they will wait until the lights are installed to trim the trees, other than in areas where there is an obvious obstruction.

Phase 2, the final leg of the project in which more than 900 additional lights will be installed, is in a holding pattern due to funding. According to City Manager Michael Ross, money was taken from the general fund to temporarily fund the drainage project on College Street.

Beach says residents will be notified when Phase 2 begins.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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