Rapid City Council moves forward on downtown lighting project
RAPID CITY, SD — An authorization has been given to advertise for bids on the downtown lighting project at an estimated cost of over $1.1 million.
The downtown lighting project will cover 20 blocks of lighting upgrades to the downtown Rapid area covered by the Vision Fund.
The project was conceived to address safety and walkability concerns for the downtown area. More than 400 street and pedestrian scale poles would be utilized along Main and St. Joseph Streets from East to West Boulevards.
“What we are replacing came, has been in effect since ’91,” said Ward 1 Council Member Becky Drury, “Why would we want to be beholding to lighting that is not current?”
The motion passed 7-2 and will be up for bidding later this month, with the bid being awarded in November.
Phase 1 of construction will begin in January of 2020.