A dozen new streetlights have been installed on utility poles through the midtown area as part of an ongoing effort by the local business community to improve public safety.
The Midtown Business Association announced that the new streetlights, installed in partnership with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, will be operational by May.
"Consistent lighting throughout midtown will help keep our streets safe and the quality of life high," Elizabeth Studebaker, the association's executive director, said in a written statement. The association has worked with various community partners to identify "dark spots" and install 115 lights over the last two years. In 2011, 17 lights were installed in areas throughout midtown frequented by large numbers of pedestrians, according to a news release.
The association also worked with the city of Sacramento and the community development block grant program to fund and install 86 new acorn lights along I and J streets, between 20th and 27th streets.
Midtown Business Association staff members also monitor streetlights throughout the midtown area and notify the city of outages to ensure their timely repair.
Anyone who notices streetlight outages or flickering lights is encouraged to report them directly to the city by calling 311.
They also may be reported to Ian Levin, streetscape manager for the Midtown Business Association, by calling (916) 442-1500, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.