May 27, 2020

City Completes First Phase Of Downtown Lighting Project



RAPID CITY, SD--City officials indicate crews have completed work in May on the first phase of the Rapid City Downtown Lighting Project.

            The first phase began in March, updating the lighting on 20 city blocks by replacing the existing fixtures on St. Joseph Street and Main Street from East Boulevard to West Boulevard.  The new lighting includes high-efficiency LED fixtures.  A total of 60 of the three mid-block light poles were replaced with decorative poles including flag holders, banner holders, wreath brackets and a power receptacle.

            In addition, a total of 66 lights on top of existing intersection poles have been replaced. 

            "This project addresses a significant safety concern in the downtown area, adding a safer environment, improved visibility and an inviting walkable downtown area," said Jesse Rieb of the City's Engineering Services Division.  "The new lighting also provides energy and cost-saving benefits to the city as well as maintenance savings due to utilizing new technology and updating the current lamps."

            Phase two of the project will replace aged wiring vaults and add three mid-block pedestrian-scale 16-foot poles to each city block.  The new 16-foot tall decorative poles will generally be located across the street from the poles replaced in phase one.  This second phase is scheduled to begin late this summer and be completed by early 2021.

            The current lighting system in the downtown area was installed in 1991.  The Downtown Lighting Project was requested by Destination Rapid City as a $3.99 million request and approved in 2019 by the Rapid City Council among a list of allocations from the City's 2019 Vision Fund.


Thank you,

Darrell W. Shoemaker | Communications Coordinator

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