Broadway streetlights raised after being hit

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Streetlights along the south side of Broadway are being shuffled around to fit the proper height requirements before the holidays.

Jeff Hackbart, city director of public works, said workers are attaching the light poles to concrete bases that will raise the height to 13 feet 6 inches above the pavement.

City offficials had discovered a problem with the fixtures this summer when some of the lowest-hanging portions of light fixtures were discovered to be hanging at only 11 feet 6 inches. Those fixtures failed to meet the minimum height requirement - 13 feet - for city streets. As a result of the low overhang, two of the new light fixtures installed in June along the downtown street were hit by delivery trucks.

Hackbart said the City Commission told project designers the height problem needed to be corrected before the city would pay for the project.

"They didn't believe taxpayers should pay to fix the height," Hackbart said.

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