Broadway's lights bright, but too low

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

They may be bright, but some fear the lights along Frankfort's Broadway could end up broken.

That's the concern of city officials and business people now that two of the new light fixtures installed last month along the downtown street have been hit by delivery trucks. Officials say the lowest-hanging portions of light fixtures, at 11 feet 6 inches, don't meet the minimum height requirement - 13 feet - for city streets.

Director of Public Works Jeff Hackbart said Monday after two separate vehicle accidents involving the lights the city has posted signs noting the 11 foot 6 inch clearance.

Hackbart said the incidents took place in front of Poor Richard's Books and the John C. Watts Federal Building on Broadway. Each involved a large delivery truck hitting the light fixtures and in one case the pole and fixture were knocked completely over.

That's been enough to raise the ire of area residents who've worked long and hard to secure adequate light fixtures for the street, which is currently being renovated with money from the Renaissance Kentucky program.

The Broadway renovation is part of Phase II of the downtown revitalization project, covering the south side of the street. The project includes the light fixtures, upgrading sidewalks and moving utility lines underground.

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