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Improved Street Lighting Coming to Santa Monica’s Pico Neighborhood
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Convention and Visitors Bureau Santa Monica

 

By Lookout Staff

May 26, 2016 -- New LED street lighting will be installed along Santa Monica’s Michigan Avenue between Lincoln Boulevard and 17th Street and along 14th Street between Michigan and Colorado avenues.

The City Council Tuesday approved a $738,364 contract with California-based Elecnor Belco Electrical, Inc. to install the LED lights on 52 new poles on those streets and replace 43 existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) street lights with LED versions.

The new lights are part of a project to make it safer and more enjoyable to walk in the City’s residential neighborhoods.

Called MANGo (Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway), the project is meant to enhance Michigan Avenue and connect streets on the eastern and western ends to “realize a multi-modal corridor” in the Pico Neighborhood, according to City staff.

It would “provide a safe and comfortable place for neighbors of all ages to walk, bike, recreate, and interact with one another,” staff said.

Ultimately, MANGo will include pedestrian lighting, landscaping, improved crosswalks, roadway striping and traffic calming, as well as signage and other ways to find neighborhood destinations, such as mini-parks and other green space.

The project will be implemented as funding becomes available, staff said.

Last February, the Council approved the conceptual design for the project, and staff subsequently found the City could use Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

“Nighttime safety is a substantial concern and multiple user surveys have named lighting as a key reason that people do not walk more,” staff wrote in its report.

Additionally, staff said, the proposed lighting would ensure that these streets are perceived as safe pedestrian routes to transit and light rail, parks and schools.”

The the more efficient lights are expected to reduce energy consumption by 40 percent and last longer, staff said.

Elecnor Belco was the lowest of three bidders on the project, according to the report.


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