JCPB to propose two street lighting projects at JC Commission meeting

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Johnson City Commissioners will hear a presentation by the Johnson City Power Board tonight on two projects involving street lighting on both Interstate 26 and in downtown Johnson City.

JCPB officials will be addressing the commission to discuss the re-lighting of all of I-26, as well as a proposal to replace existing street lights in the downtown area with energy efficient LED lighting.

The proposal concerning the re-lighting would reportedly involve replacing the lighting from the Unaka Avenue exit to the Main Street exit – including the ramps – as well as removing all of the other existing poles along the interstates and putting a cap over the base to protect for future use.

The cost of the re-lighting of all of I-26 is around $3 million.

The second proposal suggests the replacement of existing street lights with energy efficient LED lighting, which the power board said will “produce significant energy savings and give the entire downtown area a ‘new feel/look’ with the blue light of LED versus the yellow light of metal halide and high pressure sodium.”

According to the agenda summary, the power board currently has a balance of $588,000, which would pay for almost all of the cost to implement that proposal.

Commissioners are set to hear the power board’s two proposals at their meeting tonight starting at 6 p.m.

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